A Simple Berry Compote with White Wine & Vanilla Bean

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I LOVE rote Grütze! Why? It’s the perfect, light summer dessert made from flavorful ripe berries cooked down with some Austrian white wine, vanilla bean and cinnamon. The spices really bring out the rich red fruit flavors. When served with some vanilla bean gelato, in my opinion, there isn’t much else more satisfying when you’re craving something refreshing and sweet at the same time. I love the combination of the fresh fruit and creamy vanilla bean gelato melting together. So, so good and contains a generous serving of free-radicals-fighting antioxidants! 😉

Red Grits??

Yes, “rote Grütze” translates from German to red grits in English. That doesn’t sound quite as appealing, does it? But believe me, it’s super delicious! If you would like, feel free to substitute my berry mixture for any other berries or fruit you have available. I usually make sure I have a good mix of naturally sweet (the raspberries) and naturally more sour fruit (the cherries) to keep a nice balance. The alcohol in the wine will cook out, but if you’d rather not use wine, cranberry juice makes for a nice substitution.

Grüner Veltliner in Rote Grütze

I used Austria’s signature grape, Grüner Veltliner, in my Rote Grütze recipe. Using wine in the recipe makes this a “Hamburg style” rote Grütze and adds more depth to the flavor profile of the fruit. This Lenz Moser Grüner Veltliner with its light, fine spicy notes and fruit-forwardness will make a great wine pairing as well. To find out availability for where you live, please make sure to use this contact link. Zum Wohl!

A glass of Lenz Moser Grüner Veltinger to go with the Rote Grütze

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Ingredients for about 4 servings:

  • 9 oz (250 g) cherries
  • 4.5 oz (125 g) strawberries
  • 4.5 oz (125 g) blackberries
  • 7 oz (200 g) raspberries
  • 5 oz (150 g) sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla been, seeds scraped
  • 1/4 stick cinnamon
  • 4 oz (125 ml) water
  • 6 oz (175 ml) white wine
  • 2 oz (50 g) vanilla pudding powder (not instant)
  • some water


  1. Wash and strain the fruit and remove stones if applicable. If you don’t have fresh fruit on hand, you can also use frozen mixed berries, although fresh tastes much better!
  2. In a medium sized pot, combine water, white wine, sugar, vanilla bean seeds and the scraped out vanilla bean pod half and bring to a boil. Add in half of the fruit and let cook on medium heat for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk together the vanilla pudding powder (I like to use an organic brand – make sure it says in the instructions to boil it as is NOT instant powder) and some water and stir into to the cooked fruit. Bring to a boil and stir until the mixture has thickened. Stir in the remaining fruit and let cool.
  4. Serve cold with vanilla bean gelato (Talenti is my favorite) or vanilla sauce.

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