The winery is located in the community Ratsch on Ratscher Nussberg near the border with Slovenia in the wine-growing region südsteiermark (Austria). Viticulture is operated in the traditional family since 1907. From 1984, the company was run by Alois Gross, since the year 2006, the two sons Johannes and Michael are responsible in the fifth generation. In 1995, a new wine cellar was opened on the Nussberg in the middle of the vineyards, where since mid-2002, the office, presentation and sales rooms are located.
The vineyards cover 50 hectares of vineyards in the municipalities Gamlitz. Kittenberg and ratchet at 300 to 500 meters above sea level with the vineyards Nussberg (Great STK location), Perz, Sulz, Kittenberg (all first STK location) with inclinations up to 85%. A special feature is a small vineyard just over the border in Slovenia to. This is 0.3 hectares on Witscheiner Herrenberg (municipality Witschein, slow Svencina). This area was at the time of the Habsburg monarchy until 1918 Austria-Hungary. Here, the ancestors of the family began in 1907 with viticulture, which Heinrich Gross founded with the purchase of a vineyard. Thanks to the Gleichenberger Agreement from 1953, the wines may be marketed as Austrian quality wines.
There are 95% of the white wine varieties Sauvignon Blanc. Morillon. Riesling, Yellow muscatel, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ), Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) Furmint. Riesling, Seedling 88 ( Scheurebe ) and Gewurztraminer, as well as the red wine variety Zweigelt processed. The management is done exclusively by hand ecological Principles. These include fertilization with homemade compost as well as the waiver herbicides. insecticides and fungicides (Botryticides). Quality criteria in the vineyard are strict yield reduction, gentle hand-picked and varietal processing of the grapes.
Depending on the type of wine, the wines in the stainless steel tank, in the big wooden barrel or in Barrique expanded. The three-part origin pyramid illustrates the philosophy of the winery. It is divided into South Styrian regional wines (with the Styrian Classic STK) with fresh-fruity wines; the local wines with at least eight months of ripening time and as premium line the vineyard wines from special vineyards with favored microclimate. The winery is a member of Tu Felix Austria as well as founding member of Styrian terroir & classic wineries, In Gorca, about 60 kilometers south of the border, the Gross family in Slovenia is the second winery Vino Gross operated.