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 paintsakingly restored the 17th century winery which had been abandoned for 20 years, including its 200 year old screw press. The vines’ 20 year period of neglect was fortunate, because all of the pesticide and chemical treatments had been washed away, so they began immediately to work the vines biodynamically, and 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 Winfred, 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 of their wines. 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.

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Timotheus — Back to the topoggau_etiketten_85x118.indd

Mechthild and Bertholdi’s son, Joshuari and Emmeran’s brother. 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, then the wine is reblended. 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

Mechthild and Bertholdi’s son, Joshuari and Timotheus’s brother. 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 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

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 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 make 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.