The Malat Winery, located on the south bank of the Danube River in the Kremstal districtus of Austria, has been producing exceptional wines since 1722. Ninth generation winemaker Michael has continued this tradition, taking over the fiftyhectare estate from his pioneering father Gerald in 2008. Michael studied horticulture in Vienna and developed his mastery of viticulture internationally. Although known for their excellence in sparkling wine, with Gerald producing the first Austrian estate-bottled Sekt in 1976, the Malat Winery crafts noteworthy wines of all types.
Located in Palt, the Malat Estate straddles the famous Wachau wine-growing region to the east and stands on the historic geographical hillside Gottweiger Berg. Benefitting from a microclimate regulated by the Danube River, with hot days and cool nights, Malat’s wines show a singular spiciness. With its soil composition of primary rock and loess, the site “Höhlgraben” has been a single-vineyard expression of the estate since the inception of the winery, producing exquisite Grüner Veltliner and Riesling. Vineyards sites upon the Gottweiger Berg, comprised of gravel and loam soils, and “Silberbichel,” composed of mica-schist, are the definitive sites for Grüner Veltliner and Riesling, respectively.
While others may wane, the Malat Winery continues its pursuit of perfection and evolves with the times while keeping an eye on its rich past. Vineyard sites are hand worked, with organic and sustainable practices integral to the winemaking process. A modern boutique hotel opened in 2012, offering guest rooms and dining situated directly upon the beautiful vineyards of this historic and prestigious estate.