Returning to the forefront of the great wine countries, Austria offers little-known regions, such as that of Styria (Steiermark), in the southwestern part of the country, near the border with Slovenia. Ewald Tscheppe, with his biodynamic Domaine Werlitsch, is one of the major figures in this new renewal.
In 2004, Ewald Tscheppe took over the family vineyards located in Leutschach, in southern Styria (Südsteiermark), and opted for biodynamics. On 9 ha of vines, Domaine Werlitsch conducts work of great rigor, with a strong desire to promote the deep expression of the terroir, a terroir characterized by rocky marl-limestone soils - called "opok" - which are particularly suitable for Chardonnay – here called “morillon” – and Sauvignon. In the very hilly landscape of Styria, the slopes are very steep, like those that Ewald Tscheppe reserves for the vines of the different Ex Vero cuvées: Ex Vero II – half -slope – and Ex Vero III – at the top of the slope, on poor soil where the vines are in direct contact with the opok subsoil. At the end of a long aging period (18 to 24 months in casks), the wines acquire a purity and minerality that give them a rare distinction.