Gut Oggau

Gut Oggau is a project in the small town of Oggau in Burgenland, Austria, started by Eduard and Stephanie Tscheppe in 2007. Before starting the winery, Eduard made conventional wine with his father in Styria, and Stephanie’s family owned and operated the Michelin starred restaurant Taubenkobel. They painstakingly restored the 17th century winery that had been abandoned for 20 years, including its 200-year-old screw press. The vines’ 20-year period of neglect was fortunate, as this allowed for all pesticide and chemical treatments to be washed away. This let them begin working immediately on vines biodynamically, where they are now fully Demeter certified.

When they began to work with the wines in the cellar, they noticed that each wine seemed so alive with its own personality, that they decided to craft labels centered around the personality inside each bottle. Thus they created a family of wines: each wine is given a name of one family member and the artist Jung von Matt draws a face for each label. The detail here is so exacting that Jung actually ages the face on the label each time a new vintage is released. The children, Atanasius, Theodora, and Winifred, are wines that are more forthright, light, bold and energetic. The parents, Joschuari, Emmeram, Timotheus, and Josephine, come from vineyards with a little more direct sun exposure and therefore more ripeness producing wines with more body and power. And finally the grandparents, Mechtild and Bertholdi, are from two single vineyards of older vines that produce the most traditional wines from their lineup. Most of the vineyards are field blended, and therefore there is little mention of grape varieties here, but they do work with 6 main grape varieties– Blaufrankish, Zweigelt Grüner Veltliner, Welchriesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc), and Gewurtzraminer.

Timotheus — Back to the topoggau_etiketten_85x118.indd

Timotheus tech sheet

The son of Mechthild and Bertholdi, and the brother of Joshuari and Emmeran. He impresses people with his strong, powerful, and balanced character. He stands with both feet firmly planted on the ground, but is nonetheless open-minded and always looking for new challenges. He is regarded as self-confident, a man of substance and even refined, he is someone, who due to his winning ways, quickly makes friends anywhere.

Age of Vines: 40 years old

Yields: 1-2 tons per hectare

Soil: Limestone, slate, gravel and sand

Varietals: Gruner Veltliner, Weissburgunder

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and partially destemmed. One third of the grapes ferment on the skins for about 3 weeks while the rest are directly pressed, after which, the wine is then re-blended. Fermentation takes place in used 500-liter barrels. The wine stays in these barrels for an elevage of about 12 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Emmeram — Back to the topoggau_etiketten_85x118.indd

Emmeram tech sheet

The son of Mechthild and Bartholdi, and the brother of Joshuari and Timotheus. He is the bird of paradise in the Oggau vineyard family and a globetrotter, whose fascinating and interesting personality has a phenomenal effect on women. His main characterstics are his good sense of humor and athletic build. He still believes firmly that he is the father of Wiltrude’s daughter Theodora.

Age of Vines: 40 years old

Yields: 1-2 tons per hectare

Soil: Limestone and sand

Varietals: Gewurtztraminer

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500-liter barrels. The wine stays in these barrels for an elevage of about 12 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Winifred Rosé— Back to the topoggau_etiketten_85x118.indd

The daughter from Timotheus’s first marriage, which ended suddenly when his wife disappeared mysteriously over night. Just like her cousins, Winifred has a winning and open personality, is sociable, and of a cheerful disposition. Upon a first encounter she can appear to be somewhat shy and reticent, but those that make her acquaintance remember her as a unique, refreshing and charming young lady with an inquisitive mind.

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Yields: 2.5 tons/hectare

Soil: Gravel

Varietals: Blaufrankish and Zweigelt

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. This vineyard is used just to make a rose, so there is no saignee from a red wine.  Fermentation takes place in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels. The wine goes through elevage in 500-liter barrels for about 8 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Theodora — Back to the topoggau_etiketten_85x118.indd

Wiltrude’s daughter. A pert but likeable young lady, who takes everyone’s heart by storm with her cheerful and animated manner. She is attractive like her mother and at the same time both impudent and elegant. The prankster at the vineyard Oggau, she is nonetheless most reliable and steady. She has a particularly close relationship with her beloved grandmother Mechtild and her favorite uncle Emmeram.

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Yields: 2-2.5 tons/hectare

Soil: Gravel and Limestone

Varietals: Gruner Veltliner and Welschriesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels. The wine stays in these barrels for an elevage of about 9 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Josephine — Back to the topGut_oggau_etiketten_85x118_josephine.indd

Josephine tech sheet

Timotheus’s second wife and Winifred’s stepmother. An easy-going and somewhat voluptuous lady, she first found the love of her life at a slightly older age. Shaped by her tempestuous youth, she is an unconventional type that radiates vitality and enjoys life to the fullest. She feels most at home in company, is open to strangers, and rewards friends with deep insights into her innermost qualities.

Age of Vines: 35 years old

Yields: 1.5-2.5 tons per hectare

Soil: Gravel

Varietals: Blaufrankish and Roesler

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels. The wine goes through elevage in 500-liter barrels for about 8 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Atanasius — Back to the topAtanasius_etiketten_85x118

Wiltrude and Joshuari’s son. Like his sister Theodora, he has a very affectionate and easy-going nature that is typical of the inhabitants of the Burgenland, and is an attractive young man, but in no way superficial. Despite already being exceptionally popular, he still retains some hidden qualities, which makes him even more interesting. His dream is to one day become an acclaimed world star.

Age of Vines: 35 years

Yields: 1.5-2.5 tons per hectare

Soil: Gravel and limestone

Varietals: Zweigelt and Blaunfrankisch

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500, and 1200-liter barrels, and the juice spends about 3 weeks in contact with the skins. The wine goes through elevage in the same barrels for about 12 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


Joschuari — Back to the top 

Mechtild and Bertholdi’s son, the brother of Emmeram and Timotheus, and married to Wiltrude. A man with style and a charasmatic, complex character, he has a mind of his own. Indeed, as the principal heir to Gut Oggau, with his dry humour and quick wit, he can more than stand up to his father.

Yields: 1.5-2.5 tons per hectare

Soil: limestone and slate

Varietals: Blaunfrankisch

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500, and 1200-liter barrels, and the juice spends about 3 weeks in contact with the skins. The wine goes through elevage in the same barrels for about 12 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.


2016 Gut Oggaus — Back to the top

 

In 2016, the wines are a bit different from anything Stephanie and Eduard have made before. In their own words: 

“2016 has been a vintage to remember for us. Spring brought us heavy frosts, while hailstorms in the summer tested ours and the resilience of our wines. Autumn by contrast was peaceful, forgiving and warm, and in the end delivered us tiny amounts but amazing qualities of grapes. We are growing and living at the whim of nature, so we realized we would have to let go. To let our wines take it all in and retell the story of the year through their complex characters. We have decided to let our family members unite, to go for a family reunion. So in 2016 there is only Gut Oggau Weiß, Gut Oggau Rosé and Gut Oggau Rot in our range. A one of a kind get together of our different wine personalities. All three wines are intrinsically tied to a time and a place. Cumulative energy, focused strength and collective finesse. The Spirit of youth and the wisdom of maturity united. This unique bottling tells the story of a year in the vineyards. Amidst the beauty of nature, at the behest of the elements. And with every sip the whole year unfolds on your palate. We are very happy to have taken this courageous step, because it shows that in the end families should always stick together if the circumstances ask for it. It’s worth it!”

The 2016’s are a blend of all the family members, thus the labels reflect this combination:

 


2016 Weiss– A blend of Theodora, Timotheus, Emmeram and Mechthild

Soil: Limestone, slate, gravel and sand

Varietals: Gruner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Gewurtztraminer, Welschriesling

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and partially destemmed. One third of the grapes ferment on the skins for about 3 weeks while the rest are directly pressed, after which, the wine is then re-blended. Fermentation takes place in used 500-liter barrels. The wine stays in these barrels for an elevage of about 11 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.

 


2016 Rosé- A blend of Winifred and Josephine

Soil: Gravel

Varietals: Blaufrankish, Zweigelt, Roesler

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. The wine is a direct press rosé. Fermentation takes place in used 500, 1000 and 1500-liter barrels. The wine goes through elevage in 500-liter barrels for about 8 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur
 


2016 Rot- A blend of Atanasius, Joschuari, and Bertholdi

Soil: Gravel and limestone

Varietals: Zweigelt and Blaunfrankisch

Vinification Method: Grapes are hand harvested and destemmed. Fermentation takes place in used 500, and 1200-liter barrels, and the juice spends about 3 weeks in contact with the skins. The wine goes through elevage in the same barrels for about 12 months, with no batonnage. The wine is bottled unfined, unfiltered, and with zero addition of sulfur.