“Now I know that there is no single way. You just have to get to know your vineyards. Perhaps it is like your children.” A newcomer to the Wachau, Peter Veyder – Malberg (pronounced Feyder – Malberg) is engulfed in deep exploration of the region’s history, microclimates, terroirs and characters. Farming vineyard sites from the coolest microclimates to the warmest microclimates, Peter’s wines are clearly a fresh and authentic impression of the Wachau. Vintage 2008 was his first to farm in this historic Danube influenced region and vintage 2008 is the first he has exported to the United States. An experienced winemaker, with 19 harvests in Austria and abroad, as well as a dedicated organic farmer, Peter is eager to share the results of his quest for exceptional, expressive and vibrant wines. Look for the “handarbeit” signature on Peter’s bottles, a stamp that his wines are “handmade.”
From the Veyder Malberg website:
Unlike practically any other wine region, the Wachau is distinguished by its terraced vineyards with extremely old, dry stone walls. Not only do they represent the optical allure that the Wachau is so famous for, but they also are markedly responsible for the unique character of the Wachau's wines.
Manual care of the terraces is highly intensive (requiring 5 -10 times more work than in vineyards which can accommodate vehicles). And this is why many of the old terraces are in danger of being abandoned - something that would ultimately change the landscape of the Wachau in the future.
So I made it my goal to acquire exposed terraces with mainly old vines and protect them from being cleared. Although this means pure handwork - no machines whatsoever – I am convinced that the qualities of the wines are so unique, so full of character and spectacular, that this work will be repaid many times over.
Most of the vines are between 30 and 50 years old. Drinkability and age-worthiness are key to all work-related decisions. And working with healthy grapes that have not been exposed to the Botrytis fungus is of the highest priority. This means that fine, extremely elegant wines with a filigree minerality and plenty of tension are created – wines that are likely to be closed in their youth.