An Evening with Christina Artner-Netzl

For my first wine & food pairing event of the year, Holy Wines is thrilled to be collaborating with Grotto Tavern. Situated in the quaint village of Rabat, the Grotto Tavern restaurant boasts typical Maltese house of character features and embraces a natural 2000-year-old cave. Grotto Tavern’s young dynamic team brings together the finest seasonal produce with developed innovation, finesse and expertise, to bring forth tantalizing dishes. 


In the heart of the wine-growing region of Car­nuntum – in the wine-growing village of Gött­lesbrunn, father and daughter Franz & Christine Netzl, have built up this winery with a lot of vision and innovation. They vinify wines full of charac­ter, finesse and, above all, profoundness. Carnuntum is the smallest of nine sub-regions in Austria’s biggest wine region, Niederösterreich (Lower Austria.)

Netzl’s personal goal is to grow their grapes with particular attention to their origin, soil and cli­mate and to reflect this through a vinification which is as gentle as possible. While Franz owns ex­perience, knowledge and tradition, Christina brings fresh ideas and innovation – in short, they complement each other perfectly and this combination is the distinctive foundation of Netzl wines.

Netzl currently farm 28 hecta­res of vineyards, with the highest priority on natural management and thus the complete elimination of herbicides and pesticides. From early spring to late au­tumn, they work day by day to give their vines the perfect soil conditions for a good supply of nutrients and to offer their grapes enough space and the ideal combination of light and shade for optimum maturation. Thus they decided to start the Organic certification process in 2018 which should yield it’s first Organic certified wines in the 2021 vintage.

Although the focus is on red wines with 70% of the production, the white vines also find their perfect conditions in the forested areas. The absolute “King” among the grapes is the Zweigelt – it is autochthonous to Carnuntum and shapes their entire wines as a base from classic to premium with at least 65% of the blend. In the case of white wines, Pinot BlancChar­donnay as well as the typical Grüner Veltliner find their ide­al place in this micro-climate.


Growing up in the very “classic“ wine scene, Christina learned everything about wine production form her father by helping in the vineyards and the cellar. As she was fascinated about all the microbiological processes behind the scenes, she decided to gain more knowledge by studying oenology and wine-management.

During her studies she finished her internship at an importer in London where she got to know so many different wines and styles from all over the world, which she didn‘t know before. Christina was fascinated by the diversity of the big wine world and mainly impressed by organic produced wines from small producers all over the world.

Over the years, Christina started experimenting with different low-intervention methods in the cellar. She fell in love with them and the living wines they yield, and ended up adding her own range of natural wines to the more classical ones ‘inherited’ from her father.”

Christina wines are quickly garnering lots of attention in the natural wine scene thanks to their indisputable drinkability and eye-catching labels, which joyfully celebrate the beneficial critters living in the vineyards.

The labels of Christina wines,  are a tribute to the beneficiary insects that inhabit the vineyards. Not all bugs are bad – these useful little critters help manage pests and build soil health and biodiversity, which is so important in natural winemaking!

The Event

Venue: Grotto Tavern, Rabat
Date: Tuesday 30th April 2024 (eve of a public holiday)
Time: 19:30hrs
Dress: Casual Smart
Price: Euro 90 (coffee and water included)
Prepayment is needed and confirmation via email is required.

Bread Course

Christina Orange 2022

Aubergine Chawanmushi l Barley | Endive | Salmon Roe | Pecorino

Christina Rosé 2023

Cauliflower | Grape | Curry | Mint | Puffed Quinoa 

Ried Rothenberg Grüner Veltliner 2022

Pumpkin Risotto | Smoked Gbejna | Monkfish | Smoked Eel

Anna-Christina Ried Bärnreiser 1ÖTW 2016 (Magnum)

Beef Rump | Morel | Celeriac & Hazelnut | Onion | Pommes Dauphine

Blackett Ruby Reserve Port

Cherry | Yogurt | Buckwheat Crumble | Brie Cream

Kindly let me know in advance of any food intolerances or requirements.
Kindly call +356 79539865 or email: to book.
Participation is strictly through booking, prepayment via Revolut, BOV Mobile Pay or bank transfer and will be confirmed upon the receipt of payment.
This is a seated event with a limited number of places. No walk-ins will be permitted to join the wine and dine specifically. 

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