2020 Gut Oggau 'Theodora' – Act of Wine

2020 Gut Oggau 'Theodora'

2020 Gut Oggau 'Theodora'

Regular price $72.00

Gut Oggau is a 13-hectare Austrian wine estate located in the town of Oggau close to the shores of Lake Neusiedl, Burgenland. The estate is run by Eduard Tscheppe and his wife Stephanie Tscheppe-Eselböck. Eduards father was a winemaker in Styria and although his wine styles vary differently from those his father made he gained a great education growing up amongst the vines. Stephanie also grew up around wine, but from a service perspective. Her father is the owner of the famed restaurant Taubenkobel,  a 2 Michelin star Austrian restaurant located just 15 minutes from Oggau.  

In 2007, Stephanie and Eduard  took over  the former “Vineyard Wimmer” an old-established property in Oggau that had a long standing tradition. They painstakingly restored the 17th century winery that had been abandoned for 20 years, including its 200-year-old screw press. For the vines a 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 the vines according to biodynamic principles (Demeter certified). Stephanie and Eduard focus on quality as a permanent quest, their aim is to achieve a natural vine balance and process the grapes as gently as possible, allowing them to make the best use of their vineyard's strength. Their 13 hectares of vines are spread across dozens of tiny vineyards. Each of these sites are vinified separately and then either bottled as a single site or blended to created complex field blends.

Pictured Above: Eduard Tscheppe and his restored 200-year-old screw press. 
When they began working with the wines in the cellar, they noticed that each wine seemed so alive with its own personality. They decided to craft labels centred on the personality inside each bottle and as such created a family of wines. Each cuvée is named after a fictional character created by Jung von Matt (German designer) and is integrated in a family tree (grandparent, parents and children).

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.  
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