Viennese master Fritz Wieninger described Marion Ebner as “the best student he had ever had” and went on to furthermore that “the Weinviertel was lucky to have her.” Two ringing endorsements from one of the top growers on the Austrian scene.
From her beginnings as a wunderkind negociante, Marion has settled in to her own winegrowing estate, which she runs together with husband Manfred Ebenauer, who was born and raised on the property in the town of Poysdorf north of Vienna near the Czech border.
Much in the manner of her mentor Wieninger, Marion has guided the estate onto two diverging paths, like the god Janus with his two faces. She and Manfred produce strongly traditional wines done in stainless steel, wines which accentuate the individual characteristics of their vineyard—Birthal, Sauberg, Hermansschachern—and “modern” wines, barrique and the like, which successfully dim the dividing lines between traditionally Austrian styles and those more modern, evocative of France and California.
The region known as Weinviertelthe “wine-quarter,” as in Latin Quarter--where coincidentally just about a quarter of the wine in Austria is produced, and known more for quantity rather than quality, now happily wears the nickname “Veltliner-Land” and has begun to make inroads into the upscale market, and for more than just the Grüner V.