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Umathum

The estate is located in the municipality of Frauenkirchen in the DAC area of Burgenland Lake Neusiedl (Austria). The Franconian-born family has been involved in viticulture since 1755, when the ancestors migrated to today's Burgenland on. Josef "Pepi" Umathum has been a cult figure, doyen and winegrower philosopher within the Austrian winegrowing scene for more than twenty years. The vineyards cover 40 hectares of vines in three locations. The majority is located west and northwest of Frauenkirchen with the vineyards Hallebühl, Haideboden, Kirschgarten and Vom Stein, where the red wines grow. Further areas are in Neusiedl am See and in the community Jois formerly owned by the count on the other bank of Lake Neusiedl. The latter are up to 70% steeply terraced slopes in the vineyards of Junge Berg and Hackelsberg, which were idle for a long time and have been laboriously reactivated.

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

It will Biodynamic viticulture practiced who adheres to the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner oriented. The ultimate goal is to process only ripe and healthy grapes. The harvest is carried out exclusively by hand. The expansion takes place mainly in large wooden barrels made of Austrian oak. The layered 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 blend Haideboden (Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch , Cabernet Sauvignon), Blaufränkisch Kirschgarten, Zweigelt Hallebühl and Pinot Noir Unter den Terrassen. There are also brandies and vinegar generated. The winery is a member of the winegrowers' association Renowned wineries Burgenland, As a special initiative, the winery promotes young talents from the agricultural sector.

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