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Polz Erich and Walter

The traditional winery is located in the village of Straß in the district of Spielfeld am Grassnitzberg in the Austrian wine-growing region südsteiermark, It has been run by the family since 1912. The foundations for the quality operation were laid by the parents of today's owners Johanna and Reinhold Polz. The two sons Erich and Walter are considered Styrian wine pioneers, because they dared as the first in Styria from the mid-1980s revolutionary changes by switching from mass wine towards dry matured quality wine, Brother Reinhold Polz is managing director and Christoph Polz (son of Erich Polz) is cellar master. The "Polz Buschenschank "Is run by sister Johanna Kohlenberger and her husband Wolfgang. In the "Kellerstöckl" on Greassnitzberg, the entire wine and sparkling wine range can be tasted and purchased.

Polz Erich and Walter - Kreuzwirt and Weinhotel Gut Pössnitzberg

The vineyards cover about 110 hectares of vineyards (own and lease reasons) in the vineyards Czamillonberg. Grassnitzberg, Hochgrassnitzberg, Obegg, Theresienhöhe and Witscheiner Herrenberg. They are 93% of the white grape varieties Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ), Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Sauvignon Blanc. Riesling. Morillon or. Chardonnay. Traminer. Riesling and yellow muscatel, as well as 7% with the red wines Zweigelt. Blaufränkisch. Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir planted.

Polz Erich and Walter - Kellerstöckl am Grassnitzberg

On the initiative of Erich and Walter Polz, the first Austrian quality wine producer group (EZG) was founded in 1997. In this are managed by 15 wine growers about 30 hectares. From the winery Polz the decrease of the grapes is guaranteed, in return the vineyards regenerate or replant vineyards. Since the year 2010 will be gentle pruning practiced. The environmentally friendly management is done without insecticides and glyphosate and promotion of bees and beneficials,

The principally handpicked grapes are in the basement noninvasively Principle carefully processed with as few interventions as possible. Depending on the desired type of wine, the wines in the stainless steel tank, in the traditional big wooden barrel or im oak barrels expanded. They will according to the STK model produced. This system corresponds to that in the Styria The system of origin introduced in 2018 Southern Styria DAC, Specifically, these are the three lines Klassik or area wines ( varietal Wines), local wines ( ancestry typical Wines) and Riedenwein First STK Ried and Large STK Ried ( terroir embossed Wines).

The latter are also used in almost all large bottle formats (from Magnum 1.5 l and Doppelmagnum 3l over Methuselah 6l to Nebuchadnezzar 15l and Melchior 18l) bottled. The local and Riedenweine be with vineyard or keller's own yeasts fermented spontaneously, The "Spiegel" line includes wines for the daily enjoyment of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zweigelt. In the wine year 2017, for example, 610,000 bottles were produced. It will too Sweet wines ( Beerenauslese. TBA ) sect and brandies ( rape. Wine ) generated. The winery is a member of the associations Styrian terroir & classic wineries and Wine Styria,

In 2002 the winery became Tscheppe am Pössnitzberg acquired and from the end of 2005 also taken over the operational management. In addition, the Polz brothers are also involved in the operation of the wine and delicatessen houses Vinofaktur in Ehrenhausen-Vogau, as well as a stake in the Kreuzwirt on Pössnitzberg.

Kreutwirt and Weinhotel: © Weingut Polz
Kellerstöckl: © Peter von Felbert

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