Meinklang is a family-run farm that is set in the middle of the World Heritage site of the National Park Neusiedlersee on the eastern side of the Neusiedlersee Lake. The farm borders the Hungarian lowlands, where life’s diversity and complexity are celebrated. Each family member specializes in an aspect of the farming. The farm functions much like an organism, relying not only on the people but also on the local herd of cows, which contributes in an essential way with their natural and invaluable fertilizer.
The farm’s diversity is enriched by ancient grains such as spelt, farro, and Einkorn wheat as well as fruit orchards and vegetable gardens, meadows of wild herbs and flowers, and the elegant charm of the grapevines. The aim is to focus on the original meaning of the term “weingarten” (the German word for vineyard which contains the words “wine” and “garden”) by creating a true garden with fruit, vegetables, vines and herbs. The estate represents what used to be common practice everywhere in the Pannonian countryside: a mixed farming operation managed by extended family. The wine estate is well integrated into the farm and led by Angela and Werner Michlits.
In the cellar, trust in nature is the guiding principle. Fermentations are with indigenous yeast (malolactic allowed to occur spontaneously). The wines are not fined and only rough filtration is done on whites (think coffee filters). Small amounts of sulfites are used. Two floors allow for gravity to move the wine to avoid the agitation of pumping. Fermentation and elevage occurs in neutral stainless steel tanks, large used wood barrels, or concrete eggs.
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