This partnership came out of nothing less than perfect timing. While in Vienna for Karakterre we ran into Martin, an old friend, and explained the project. As it turned out, an old couple that ran a local inn and restaurant had just retired. They had made a small amount of wine from a terraced vineyard back in the forest, and Martin had gone to the inn many times and had tasted the wine. Although they were more hobby farmers, Martin always expressed to the couple his admiration for the wine; it spoke of a place.
When they retired, they asked Martin if he might be interested in farming this tiny site. While he wanted to work the vineyard because of the uniqueness of the site, he didn�t want to add another wine to his collection and he didn�t exactly know where the bottling should go. And so we agreed to partner with Martin on this wine. He continues to work this beautiful and fascinating vineyard, keeping it alive, and we agree to buy 100% of the wine, making it as easy as possible for all involved.
The site is Riesling and Welchriesling, planted in 1976 and 1994. The vineyard is far back in the mountains around the Kamptal, with around 19 terraces. The wine was directly pressed, and fermented in a steel barrique. It was bottled with no fining or filtration and very little sulfur.