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Polz Erich and Walter

The traditional winery is located in the municipality of Straß in the Spielfeld district of Grassnitzberg in the Austrian wine region südsteiermark, It has been operated by the family since 1912. The parents of the current owners Johanna and Reinhold Polz laid the foundation for the quality company. The two sons Erich and Walter are considered Styrian pioneers in viticulture, because they were the first in Styria to venture from the mid-1980s for sweeping changes by switching from mass wine towards dry expanded quality wine, Brother Reinhold Polz is responsible as managing director and Christoph Polz (son of Erich Polz) as cellar master. The "Polz Buschenschank “Is run by sister Johanna Kohlenberger and her husband Wolfgang. The entire wine and sparkling wine assortment can be tasted and purchased in the “Kellerstöckl” on the Greassnitzberg.

Polz Erich and Walter - Kreuzwirt and Weinhotel Gut Pössnitzberg

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

Polz Erich and Walter - Kellerstöckl on Grassnitzberg

On the initiative of Erich and Walter Polz, the first Austrian quality wine producer association (EZG) was founded in 1997. 15 winegrowers cultivate around 30 hectares in this area. The winery Polz guarantees the acceptance of the grapes, in return the vineyards will regenerate or replant the vineyards. Since the 2010 vintage gentle pruning practiced. Environmentally friendly management is done without insecticides and glyphosate and promotion of bees and beneficials,

The principally hand-picked grapes are grown in the cellar noninvasively Principle processed with as little intervention as possible. Depending on the desired type of wine, the wines are stainless steel tank, in the traditional large wooden barrel or in oak barrels expanded. According to the STK model produced. This system corresponds to that in the Styria system of origin introduced in 2018 Southern Styria DAC, Specifically, these are the three lines of classic and regional wines ( varietal Wines), local wines ( ancestry typical Wines) and Riedenweine Erste STK Ried and Große STK Ried ( terroir embossed Wines).

The latter are also available in almost all large bottle formats (from Magnum 1.5 l and double magnum 3l over Methuselah 6l to Nebuchadnezzar 15l and Melchior 18l) bottled. The local and vineyard wines are made with yeasts from the vineyards or cellars fermented spontaneously, The “Spiegel” line includes wines for everyday enjoyment made from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Zweigelt. For example, 610,000 bottles were produced in the 2017 vintage. It will be 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 on the Pössnitzberg acquired and from the end of 2005 also operational management. In addition, the Polz brothers are also involved in the operation of the Vinofaktur wine and delicatessen 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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