Our first encounter with the red Pannobile wine was a couple of years ago at the Hotel Edelweiss in Grossarl. One evening at dinner we started talking to the couple at the table next to us. We had just ordered a red wine and they were also enjoying a bottle. They had noticed that we specifically asked for an Austrian wine and were curious if we ever tried the red Pannobile Gsellmann. We never did and soon extra glasses were put on the table and we were tasting the Pannobile Gsellmann for the first time. We had a lovely evening and the Gsellmann really tasted wonderful.
The story of Pannobile
We drank the Gsellmann, but there are eight other red Pannobiles to try. What is the story of Pannobile? We wanted to know more about it. Burgenland, on the northeastern shore of Lake Neusiedl, that’s where the grapes ripen for this particular wine. Pannobilisten are individualists and run their businesses independently of each other. The platform on which all come together, interact, cooperate and stick together is Pannobile. And this is not just a wine or territory, but especially a group of people with a strong social commitment. Pannobile wineries you recognize, therefore, if you encounter them in the shape of a wine, always a member of Pannobile logo on the back label. Once a year, each of the nine companies may send a red wine as a candidate for the red Pannobile into the race. This may have been vinified only from fully ripe grapes from Zweigelt, Gamay and St. Laurent, which were grown in the defined Pannobile documents. Whether it is a varietal or a blend of two or three varieties of Pannobile that is the responsibility of the individual winemaker. The question whether it is a true Pannobile, is going to be answered all together in the final; the all-important tasting. Every year the result is a wide range of wines made apparent from the same family, but with highly individual personalities. pannobile.at
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