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Umathum

The winery is located in the community Frauenkirchen in the Burgenland DAC area Lake Neusiedl (Austria). Viticulture is operated by the Franconian family since 1755, when the ancestors moved to today Burgenland on. Josef "Pepi" Umathum has been a cult figure, doyen and winemaker philosopher within the Austrian winegrowing scene for more than twenty years. The vineyards cover 40 hectares of vineyards in three locations. The majority lies to the west and northwest of Frauenkirchen with the vineyards Hallebühl, Haideboden, Kirschgarten and vom Stein, where the red wines grow. Further areas are located in Neusiedl on the lake and in the community Jois from the former property of the Count on the other bank of Lake Neusiedl. The latter are up to 70% steeply terraced slopes in the vineyards Jungle Mountain and Hackelsberg, which lay for a long time and were laboriously reactivated.

For generations, a quality-oriented selection and propagation of the own Rebgutes done. Since 1997, in cooperation with the biochemist DI Helmut Gangl from the Federal Office of Viticulture in Eisenstadt a targeted and elaborate selection of dams (eg lockerbeerige Grapes with small, hard-shelled berries), which then according to other criteria such as resistance against pests and frost selected and then only the very best vines vegetatively propagated become. To 85% of the red varieties Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch (main varieties), Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir, as well as 15% of the white varieties Welschriesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Traminer and Chardonnay are cultivated. A special feature of the winery was the grape variety Lindblättriger ( Hárslevelü ) revived in Burgenland.

It will Biodynamic viticulture practiced according to the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner oriented. The ultimate goal is to process only ripe and healthy grapes. The harvest is done exclusively by hand-picking. The expansion is mainly in large oak barrels from Austrian oak. The vineyard wines mature in small oak barrels and are only marketed after a three-year storage period. The premium wines include, for example, the red wine cuvée Haideboden (Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch , Cabernet Sauvignon), Blaufränkisch Kirschgarten, Zweigelt Hallebühl and Pinot Noir Unter dem Terrassen. There are also brandies and vinegar generated. The winery is a member of the vintners' association Renowned wineries Burgenland, As a special initiative, the winery supports young talents from the agricultural sector.

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