Josef Ehmoser and wife Martina, are based at Tiefenthal in the Wagram region of Austria, 10 km north of the left bank of the Danube and 45km from Vienna. Five aspects make their wines distinctive: the climate, the soil, the location, the varieties and the vintner himself. The climate here is continental, one of cold winters and hot summers, but with large diurnal temperature swings that help to maintain acidity and freshness in the grapes. Their vineyards of deep loess soils lay on the steep south-facing and terraced slopes of an ancient sea, rich in fossils and minerals, and are farmed sustainably. The vineyards grow to their perfect natural maturation on the sloping sites south of the Danube such as Hohenberg (deep loess), Steinberg (loess with sand) and Georgenberg (deep loess).
In the winery Josef believes in intervening as little as possible because the work has already been done in the vineyard to bring in healthy, ripe fruit. If you like fresh and fruity reds with soft tannins like Pinot Noir then try Zweigelt – Austria’s most widely planted red grape variety.