WEINGUT TAUSS is a Demeter-certified Biodynamic winery in the Südsteiermark (south Styria) region of Austria.

OWNER | Alice and Roland Tauss (he speaks English).

VINEYARDS | 8-ha. Single sites include Schloßberg near Leutschach in Südsteiermark, and Ried Hohenegg. 400-480 metres. 4,000-5000 vines/ha. Some vineyard sites contain the remains of trellises formerly used to grow hops, once a key Styrian crop (Isabelle Legeron, 2014, p190).

CERTIFICATION | 2005 Organic practices adopted. / 2007 Start conversion to Demeter-certified Biodynamic status. / 2010 First vintage wwith full Demeter certification.  

WINERY | Roland replaced his original winemaking gear (concrete and stainless steel tanks) for more natural materials. 

WINES

SCHLOSSBERG RANGE | Welschriesling, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Blaufränkisch.

HOHENEGG RANGE | Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc, Grauburgunder, Roter Traminer, Hohenegg (Merlot plus both Cabernets), Merlot 2006, Blaufränkisch and Cabernet Sauvignon

WHITE WINES

SAUVIGNON BLANC, HONIG | 2012 Sauvignon Blanc.

WEISSBURGUNDER VOM OPOK | Pinot Blanc grown on the opok soil type. / 2015 Reduced initially on the nose, but bright and zingy pineapple fruit with a little residual sugar on the palate at the Real Wine Fair 2017.

WELSCHRIESLING VOM OPOK | Welschriesling grown on the opok soil type. / 2015 Soft, earthy, balanced and good at the Real Wine Fair 2017.

PINK WINES

ROSE VOM BLAUFRANKISCH OPOK | Rosé made (I guess) from a saignéè taken from the Blaufrankisch vom Opok red wine below.

RED WINES

BLAUFRANKISCH HOHENEGG | 2012 15mg/l total sulfites (Isabelle Legeron, 2014, p190).

BLAUFRANKISCH VOM OPOK | Blaufrankisch grown on the opok soil type. / 2013 Very duced on the nose savoury again, nice clear, sappy fruit at the Real Wine Fair 2017.

ROTER TRAMINER

SWEET WHITE WINES

WEISSERBURGUNDER SUSS | Sweet (‘süss’) white from Pinot Blanc.

BED & BREAKFAST

Yes.

CONTACT

Weingut Tauss, Schloßberg 80, A-8463 Leutschach, Austria / Tel+43 03454 6715 / Website www.weingut-tauss.at

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Isabelle Legeron MW, Natural Wine, An introduction to organic and biodynamic wines grown naturally (2014, Cico Books, London & New York).

Real Wine Fair 2017, Tobacco Dock, London 7-8th May.