A family winemaking tradition dating back over 215 years, Gritsch Mauritiushof, located in the Wachau region of Austria, is named for the Gritsch family. They own the beautiful old building in the town of Spitz called “Mauritiushof”, designated today as a historical site. This house was used by monks to collect the local grapes as far back as 800 years ago.
Franz-Josef Gritsch assumed the reins from his father in 2009 after wine-school in Krems. Before returning to the family operation Franz-Josef worked at the winery of Josef Leberl. Franz-Josef keeps the process as natural as possible, always striving for wines of unmistakable authenticity. He also believes in maintaining to the greatest extent possible, even in his Smaragd level wines, freshness and fruit character. Working hard to keep botrytis from finding its way into his wines. In Franz-Josef’s own words here is his philosophy:
“Our wines are synonymous with the unique soil and microclimate of each individual vineyard. These special qualities yield great wines that are based not only on the traditional craftsmanship, but also on the unique philosophy of our family.
Varietal typicity complemented by vineyard character and forward fruit: this is the calling card of our wines. They offer an accurate and expressive picture of the individual site, its soil-formations and detailed microclimate.”
The Gritsch Mauritiushof wines are harvested manually in several phases beginning in October and running through November. Natural yeasts are used for fermentation, which takes place in stainless steel. The wine is then aged in large ovals until bottled.