Discover Germany, Issue 91, March 2022

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Wine Guide 2022

CENTURY OLD VITICULTURE AND OUTSTANDING HOSPITALITY COMBINED IN ONE VINEYARD Family-owned for 300 years and situated in one of the best Austrian wine-growing regions, Malat combines traditional craftsmanship with the unique touch of vintner Michael Malat, who heads the vineyard in its tenth generation. And with a boutique hotel in the offering, this has additionally contributed to a retreat in the middle of the family vineyards. TEXT: JESSICA HOLZHAUSEN I PHOTOS: MALAT

About half an hour’s drive from Vienna and at the heart of the Lower Austrian wine growing region, vineyard Malat is a true family business: everyone lends a hand and sticks together. Aiming at bottling the best quality and always testing the boundaries of what is possible, the founding member of the ‘Österreichische Traditionsweingüter’ association is an internationally successful and multiple award-winning pioneer.

PEOPLE ARE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND GREAT WINES After gaining know-how and experience at vineyards on different continents, Michael 18

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Malat took over the family vineyard in FurthPalt in 2008, and since then has realised his own style of winemaking. “I want to make wines that people like to drink and not only degust. My personal touch should shape each wine through elegance, finesse and joyfulness,” explains Malat, who is supported by his partner Daniela and the whole family.

and was essential for its cultural and economic development. The Kremstal has an especially mild and beneficial climate. Warm Pannonian influences here connect with the colder air of the Waldviertel. Above that, the Danube has a temperature-regulating influence – cooling in summer, warming in winter. Because of this special climate, but also because of the different kinds of soils like loam, crushed stone and primary rock, one can find very different types of vines within a very

WINE CULTURE WITH HISTORY The vineyards of Furth-Palt are situated between the historic wine-growing city Krems and the Göttweiger Berg with its imposing Göttweig Abbey. Wine has played an important role in the Kremstal region for millennia

Michael Malat.