Ehmoser, Josef

Weingut Josef Ehmoser

Josef Ehmoser and his wife, Martina, are crafting world-class wines in the Wagram, a region known for its deep loess soils that can go to a depth of twenty meters before hitting marine sediment. Josef took over the 17 hectare winery from his father in 1996. The Ehmosers philosophy in regards to winegrowing is to respect nature in the vineyards and in the winery, to highlight the personality of each wine without forcing it on a prescribed path.

As of 2018, they are certified sustainable by the Lacon Institute, which was not a big shift for them in the vineyards. For years, they have not sprayed herbicides or pesticides. They do minimum treatments for mildew. They follow the weather and weather forecasts very closely and act accordingly. If it is hot and dry for many weeks, then treatments against mildew are not necessary. They do not spray against cochylis and eudemis moths, opting to use sexual confusion dispensers with pheromones instead. They do not drive through the vineyards often with the tractor to keep the ground and soil loose and to minimize compaction. They grow grass in the vineyards and keep it longer if it is raining a lot, to have competition for water and taking it from the vines. If it is too dry, they cut the grass short, giving enough water to the vines. They do not irrigate. At the winery, they have solar panels for heating and warm water. There is no need to heat or cool the tank rooms in the cellar as they are partially underground eight meters in the cool loess. At harvest, the grapes are harvested by hand, which is not required in the Wagram.

Loess in this area has a 30% limestone content and is great for Grüner Veltliner and Weissburgunder. Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc) has a long history of being planted in the Wagram and this fall, we are excited to introduce it to our portfolio. The wines are mostly fermented and aged in stainless steel, with the exception of the Weissburgunder, which is aged in large barrels, one 1500L and one 3000L. The wines are normally kept on the lees until they are bottled. The Ehmosers want to stick to tradition and only plant varieties that are native to the area. The Ehmoser wines are classic - clear, straight, and pure wines that distinctly express the famous loess soil.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB6799-17
Sustainable
Weissburgunder
2017
Weissburgunder
A traditional variety in the Wagram that does particularly well in the loess soil. Fermented and Aged in 3000L and 1500L barrel. 
Austria Wagram

DB0862-16
Sustainable
Grüner Veltliner Von den Terrassen
2016
Grüner Veltliner
Grüner Veltliner “Von den Terrassen” (“from the terraces”) is the typical wine from Wagram. Pressed gently and with care, controlled level... Read More
Austria Wagram

DB9987-17
Sustainable
Zweigelt Rosé
2017
Zweigelt
Uncomplicated and refreshing, Josef recommends his varietal Zweigelt rosé on hot summer days and humid summer nights. Grown on loess soils... Read More
Austria Wagram

DB0864-17
Sustainable
Riesling Vom Gelben Löss
2017
Riesling
Grown in deep golden loess soil (gelben can be translated as ‘golden’ or yellow). Gently pressed with a slow fermentation.... Read More
Austria Wagram