Zweigelt is a wine specific to Austria and is the most widespread red variety. The Umathum estate situated in Burgenland around the shores of Lake Neusiedl produces one of the country’s best Zweigelt wines. Umathum Zweigelt is characterised by its ruby red colour. On the nose there is the impression of fruit, raspberries and strawberries. On the palate there are elements of cherry, coupled with distinctive spicy notes. The wine has fine tannins and a mild finish.
The Umathum Estate
The Umathum name is Frankish (first known group of German tribes) in origin. The Umathum family first settled in North Burgenland, Austria in the mid-18th Century. The family has always had its roots in agriculture and bought 10 acres of land in 1958 and planted the vines themselves. Until the 1970s, delivered high quality grapes to cooperatives. In 1971 the family started to bottle its own wines, starting what is regarded today as one of Austria’s best wineries.
Umathum Zweigelt – An Authentic Red
The Estate has gained its reputation mostly through the production of authentic red wines, however it also produces a range of distinctive whites. In total the Estate covers 30 hectares, over 85% of this is dedicated to red grape varieties which are indigenous to Austria; Zweigelt, St. Laurent and Blaufrankisch. The white grapes cultivated include Lindenlattriger, Gelber Traminer and Pinot Gris. In keeping with their bio-dynamic principles all the grapes are handpicked to avoid damage and to ensure that only the best grapes are used in their wine production.
The Estate is located on both banks the Neusiedelsee. The soil on the estate is a mix of slate, lime, clay and gravel. The regions climate is typically Mediterranean, experiencing over 2000 hours of sunshine a year. The summers are hot and dry, the autumns stable and the winters not too severe and the lakes evaporation potential has a big influence on the grape production and quality.