Gut Oggau

Austria - Burgenland

The terroir a wine springs from defines its essential qualities. When Eduard Tscheppe and Stephanie Eselböck-Tscheppe took over the estate that became Gut Oggau in 2007, they wanted to not only let the terroir express itself as wine, but to communicate the differences in terroir through the wines' names and labels. The Gut Oggau family was born.

Each bottle’s label features a line-drawn black and white portrait of a fictional family character. The family has three generations - the younger generations come from younger vines, the older generations from older vines. Back labels explain the imagined personality of the wine personified. We learn that Mechthild (a white wine, and the matriarch) is “the ‘kind-hearted grandmother’ of nostalgia that one trusts, but she can be secretive and polarise opinion”. We also learn that Atanasius (a red wine, a grandchild and “an attractive young man”) is “exceptionally popular” but that he “still retains some hidden qualities, which make him even more interesting”. Emmeram (a Gerwürztraminer), incidentally, is convinced that the daughter of Wiltrude - Theodora - is actually his. 

 

 

And that’s what you get in terms of information. The 14 hectare estate, in the small Burgenland town of Oggau (thought to be the first place in Austria to grow red grapes), is run by Eduard and Stephanie. They discovered the 17th century winery in 2007 and painstakingly restored it, including its 200 year old winepress. Having been abandoned for 20 years, the soils had been washed clean of the various chemicals used in previously, allowing them to immediately begin biodynamic production using the old vines. The estate is Demeter classified. Each wine is a blend of indigenous grapes, including Bläufrankish, Zweigelt, Gruner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) and Gewürtzraminer. Each wine therefore has a distinctive personality, a distinctive character. With the aid of German artist Jung von Matt (whose dedication to the task extends even to slightly ageing the portraits each vintage), the Gut Oggau family came to life. 

Eduard’s background was in conventional farming, while Stephanie’s family business is the acclaimed restaurant 'Taubenkobel'. They realised that their unique terroir required careful treatment, and so set out to focus on producing high quality wines from grapes that were vinified as gently as possible. The resulting wines are some of the most sought after in Austria.

The soils and vines vary depending on the “generation” of the wine. The youngest generation is grown in gravel and a small amount of limestone, while the parents and grandparents have more sunlight and a soil made up of schist and limestone. The oldest vines, some 60 years old, are reserved, naturally, for the older generation, as is the old restored winepress. Fermentation takes place spontaneously with indigenous yeast, and aging takes place in old oak barrels. These wines are neither filtered nor fined. 

Whether you want to experience the energetic and bold children (Atanasius, Theodora and Winifred), their stronger bodied parents (Joschuari, Emmeram, Timotheus and Josephine) or the more traditional grandparents (Mechtild and Bertholdi), it is well worth getting to know to this fascinating family.

 

 * Listen to Stephanie & Eduard Tscheppe's podcast on Interpreting wine, by Lawrence Francis 

Gut Oggau Winelist

Vintages & Larger Formats

NAME PRICE Size VINTAGE
Weinland "Maskerade" white Login Liter (1L) 2018
Weinland "Maskerade" red Login Liter (1L) 2018
Weinland "Brut Nature" Login Bottle (75cl) NV
Weinland "Theodora" Login Bottle (75cl) 2018
Weinland "Theodora" Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Weinland "Timotheus" Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Weinland "Timotheus" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Timotheus" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Weinland "Timotheus" Login Jeroboam (3L) 2013
Weinland "Emmeram" Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Weinland "Emmeram" Login Magnum (1.5L) 2015
Weinland "Mechtild" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Mechtild" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Weinland "Mechtild" Login Bottle (75cl) 2011
Weinland "Winifred" Login Bottle (75cl) 2018
Weinland "Winifred" Login Jeroboam (3L) 2017
Weinland "Atanasius" Login Bottle (75cl) 2017
Weinland "Atanasius" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Brutal" Login Bottle (75cl) 2018
Weinland "Josephine" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Josephine" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Weinland "Joschuari" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Joschuari" Login Bottle (75cl) 2014
Weinland "Joschuari" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Weinland "Joschuari" Login Magnum (1.5L) 2012
Weinland "Joschuari" Login Magnum (1.5L) 2011
Weinland "Bertholdi" Login Bottle (75cl) 2015
Weinland "Bertholdi" Login Bottle (75cl) 2013
Weinland "Bertholdi" Login Bottle (75cl) 2011

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