In the 1990's a group of like-minded producers from this special part of winemaking Austria banded together as a community to not only combine efforts to promote their hood and their product but provide a support network of understanding, exchange of ideas and know-how. They took their name for the Roman name for the region "Pannonia". Each year members of Pannobile (9 members currently) independently make a maximum of one red and one white that they put forward to the rest of the group as their Pannobile cuvée for assessment by the other members. They must be 100% indigenous grape varieties and reflect the signature soil and climate of the region. Only wines that are unanimously answered "yes" by the members can then be labelled and sold as a Pannobile wine.
This one is a blend of Blaufrankisch and Zweigelt and while this wine can age well it is wonderfully balanced now. Great length and juiciness. Cherry and berry fruits. Fine tobacco and elegant complexity. Very easy drinking on own or versatile with food.
One of the key parts to my natural wine spiel is about how natural wine isn't just about the wine but the people. And the best natural winemakers are families. The Renner family is now onto their third generation of winemakers, with the latest crop taking over in 2014. That is Stefanie and Susanne a.k.a the Rennersista's, and since 2020 their brother Georg.
They farm 12 hectares by hand and it's all certified biodynamic. Some of those sites are really special, such as Altenberg, providing unique terroir, add to that a range of well selected grapes bringing complexity and local character. Or as they put it "basically just really good wines".
Also in their words:
"Our philosophy in short:
Biodynamically certified by Demeter. Soft pruning. Biodiversity in the cover crops. Living wines. Handcraft. Spontaneous fermentation. Hand picking. Time for ageing in oak and clay. No filtration, no fining. Fine lees instead of sulphur." We say, here here! Get some.