Austria is a small wine country, whose wines are produced mainly by small wineries from estate-grown grapes. For a small wine country, Austria has an amazing variety of climate-soil-topography combinations that enable different grape varieties to ripen in different places. Our winemakers are a very committed and quality-driven group. One such winemaker is Josef “Pepi” Umathum from the wine region Neusiedlersee in Burgenland.
Share a bottle of wine at the Umathum winery in Frauenkirchen, Burgenland
The lovely village of Frauenkirchen lies on the eastern shore of Lake Neusiedl
, and just a short distance from the town's Baroque pilgrimage church is the award-wining winery of Josef and Ariane Umathum. A small shop greets visitors during the summer months and often the winemakers do, too. "Lively soils and alert plants point us in the right direction and give us the necessary inspiration on how to interact with them," Josef says, and in 2005 that philosophy led the family to join those converting to biodynamic farming methods.
On your visit, be sure to ask for a visit to the wine cellar. You'll be greeted by a large, cathedral-type ceiling, under which rows of precious barrique oak barrels lie aging; the atmosphere feels almost sacred. Be sure to taste the Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch
, Austria’s most important red wines.