Gut Oggau wines from Burgenland in Austria
Founded in Austria’s Burgenland (in the village of Oggau) by Eduard & Stefanie Tscheppe, Gut Oggau came to life in 2007. The pair purchased an old 17th century winery which had been abandoned with 20 years, which proved fortunate for them as the chemical residue & pesticide on the vines from the previous owners had washed away over the time of neglect, allowing them to start producing Gut Oggau wine using Biodynamic farming practices from the get go. As an added bonus for Gut Oggau, the abandoned winery even came with a 200 year old screw press!
The birth of an iconic label design
After tasting the first trial vintages of each wine they made and noticing how they had such different characters compared to each other, Gut Oggau decided to formulate labels to represent the personality & terroir of each wine they make - which they centered around the idea of a family of different generations, which are represented in their now-iconic labels of line-drawn faces, with the names of each character being the title for their wines.
Besides obviously being fermented by indigenous yeasts, Gut Oggau wines are never fined nor filtered, and are aged in old oak barrels. The winery comes complete with a 200 year old Screw Press!
Gut Oggau wines - the family hierarchy explained
The eldest vineyards adopts the grandparent’s faces, Mechtild and Bertholdi, which represent the depth and finesse of the plots. Whilst in comparison the “children” Theodora, Winifred & Atanasius showcase their youth through energy and upfront boldness. The parents, Timotheus, Josephine, Joschuari and Emmeram are made from grapes in vineyards allowing more sun-exposure allowing for more ripeness to be tasted, which present a more in-control and powerful personality to them, like parents often have. These wonderful labels have become truly iconic in the natural wine world. The back labels explain the imagined personalities of each wine and their character.
From their entry-level 1litre Maskerade wines (from new plots that have not found their own full personality yet, so characters wear an eyemask on the label) to their higher end bottles, each member of the ‘family’ are worth you getting to know and it’s instantly clear why Gut Oggau are such a popular producer in the natural wine scene.