The winery is mainly known for its authentic red wines but Josef Umathum also presses some very fascinating white wines. He has revived the original, Pannonian, Lindenblättriger white grape variety in the Burgenland, and the rare varieties of Gelber Traminer and Pinot Gris are also cultivated.
The Austrian red wine varieties of Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch make up about 85% of the 30 hectares under cultivation. A wide range of different soils are cultivated on both banks of Lake Neusiedl, including slate, lime, clay and pebble. The most important sites are Ried Hallebühl, Vom Stein, Haideboden and Kirschgarten, where the only stone terrace site of the Burgenland is also cultivated.
“Lively soils and alert plants point us in the right direction and give us the necessary inspiration as to how to interact with them” says Josef Umathum about his attitude to wine-growing. And here the vines are looked at from a different point of view. “Plants have a memory and to maintain these genes, we select our vines from our ancient vineyards.”
The vineyard operates in clear structures, according to Demeter biodynamic guidelines. The aim is to bring the mature and healthy grapes undamaged into the cellar and they are therefore exclusively hand-picked. Cellar work is undertaken with care and the wines are mainly matured in wooden barrels.
The high-quality, vintage wines are only offered for sale after being stored for three years.
Josef Umathum provides a helping hand to young talent starting up in the agricultural sector through support initiatives. All those who have benefited from these initiatives, such as the vegetable producer Erich Stekovics or the wine producer Uwe Schiefer, were formerly unknown and are today big names in their own fields.