Natural Wine Newcomer
Naturally fermented. Unfiltered. True to its soil. Three characteristics sum up the winery’s philosophy. Joiseph stands for everything that forms the three founders’ aim: authentic winemaking. Pruners and rubber boots. That’s their only equipment. The rest remains for nature!
The natural wine beginnings
Natural wine has been going through quite a boom in Burgenland, Austria in the past few years. The Lake Neusiedl and its direct neighbourhood has been attracting winemakers, taking over or reviving old vineyards.
Joiseph is one of the especially lucky ones that have relatively quickly made it to the international natural wine market and has been on the map ever since. Taking the fact that the winery was established in 2015 in its current form, it has basically been no time they’ve become known with their juicy “Roter Faden” or the pink “Rosatant”.
And all of this without a tractor or any other machines, even without a cellar! What they had, in the beginning, was some scissors and rubber boots!
Joiseph was founded and is run by three guys: the viticulturist Richard Artner and Alex Kagl, and winemaker Luka Zeichmann. The manage a 5,5-hectare vineyard in the village of Jois – hence the playful choice of name. The location is just excellent: situated on the Leitha mountain with a wonderful view on the Lake Neusiedl. The vines grow on several different soil types: mainly limestone and shale.
Low intervention winemaking
The Joiseph guys carry out low intervention winemaking in every aspect, from the vineyard to the cellar. Organic farming came naturally and the grapes are harvested by hand.
The result is some spontaneously fermented, unfiltered delicious natural wine. They are all mostly light and refreshing, recommended to chill them before drinking. We have the whole selection on stock!
The guys also have just newly acquired a bit of new land and planted some Furmint and Blaunfränkisch. For this, we must wait at least until 2022!