Weingut Josef Umathum is dedicated to the unification of tradition and innovation.
And Josef "Pepi" Umathum is not shy about it, he begins: “Our wines are food for the soul…” and goes on to furthermore: “…these are liquid folk-tales.” Interest and attention focus upon the autochthonous red varieties of Burgenland: Sankt Laurent, Blaufränkisch and Zweigelt, cultivated in close harmony with the land.
Umathum began to practice biodynamic viticulture starting with the 2005 vintage, and has since been certified by Demeter.
Umathum has become known over the past few years for just plain getting more different rhythms, tunes and textures out of the good old Zweigelt bush than nearly anybody. He does this by means of extraordinarily careful and painstaking selection when planting his vineyards, watchful control of the crop-size, and then detailed hand harvesting and selection. The wines then ferment with indigenous yeast, and are elaborated in large wooden barrels fashioned from Austrian oak.
Brilliant raspberry red color, fruit of raspberries, cherries and red currants in the nose, fruity on the palate with impressions of gooseberries with pleasant and mild acidity and delicate tannins, red wine structure, dry wine with depth and character.
Certified biodynamic. Saignee cuvee of grapes come from vines of up to 42 years old. Hand picked from vineyards around Jois. All steel tank.
40% Zweigelt, 30% Blaufränkisch, 30% Sankt Laurent.
Biodynamic farming, very minimal sulfur, indigenous yeasts, certified organic.