The Pinot Noir Grillenhügel Johanneshof Reinisch vines grow on a loamy sandy soil with limestone clasts and have an age of at least 20 years. Along the long, south-east facing hillside between Gumpoldskirchen and Guntramsdorf, lies the exquisite vineyard of Grillenhügel. They harvest the grapes in mid October. The juice goes through a spontaneous fermentation in large oak vats and left in contact with the skins for up to 4 weeks. The wine is then aged in French oak barrels of different size for 16 months (60% new oak).
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.