This Gumpoldskirchner Tradition Johanneshof Reinisch is named after the historical village of Gumpoldskirchen and is blend of the two local grape varieties; Zierfandler and Rotgipfler. Both varieties are native to Austria’s Thermenregion. Johanneshof Reinisch aim with this wine is to produce a traditional product and express the uniqueness of these two white wine varieties in this one wine. The Zierfandler and Rotgipfler grapes are picked from different vineyards located in Gumpoldskirchen. They are fermented separately and blended to taste after fermentation is complete. The wine is put into large oak cask for four months allowing the varietals time to harmonize and mature before bottling.
The estate is located in the town of Tattendorf, in the wine-growing area of the Thermenregion in Lower Austria. The region acquired its name, in part, from geothermal hot springs that flow under the vineyards, contributing to favorable wine growing conditions for finicky varieties. Now in its fourth generation of winemakers, the 40 hectare estate is run by Johann Reinisch’s three sons: Hannes, Michael and Christian. With a 2,000 year legacy of wine growing in the region, the Reinischs maintain traditions with vineyards planted with 65 % red and 35 % white vines. The winery is best known for their excellent Pinot Noir and St. Laurent grown in vineyards from both the stony, alluvial gravel soils of Tattendorf (rich in both chalk and lime) near the winery and the elevated, nutrient rich soils of Gumpoldskirchen. Local grape varieties and traditions are hugely important here as the family has its own vine nursery; the indigenous grape varieties Rotgipfler and Zierfandler are cultivated in their Gumpoldskirchen vineyards, for example. Across the globe, there are roughly only 100 hectares (247 acres) remaining of these two indigenous white varieties, making the Reinisch’s offerings an unusual and unique glimpse into Austria’s wine roots. The Reinisch family farms organically and takes its thoughtful approach from vineyard to cellar to bottle.