Weingut Josef Jamek
No account of the Austrian wine industry would be complete without an understanding of the pivotal role that Josef Jamek has played in its development. It was in the 1950s that Jamek was one of a small number of pioneers who launched ranges of dry, non-chaptalised wines with lower alcohol than was typical. Josef Jamek is now retired, and has passed the running of the estate to his youngest daughter Jutta and her husband Hans Altmann The estate today covers some 25 hectares, and includes such top sites as Ried Achleiten, Ried Klaus, Ried Pichl and Ried Freiheit, which constitute probably the best collection of privately owned sites anywhere in Austria. Soil types are eroded primary rock, gravel, loess, and gneiss. The principal grape varieties grown here are Riesling (5 0%), and Grüner Veltliner (30%), but others also grown include Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, Zweigelt, and Pinot Noir.