Talking organic and Roter Veltliner. A summary.
In a nutshell.
The Mehofer family has lived and worked in Neudegg, a small wine village at the northernmost tip of the Wagram region, for 300 years. Since 1992, the vineyards on the slopes of the terrain that gives it its name have been cultivated according to organic-biological guidelines. Today, the 10th generation, led by winemaker Stephan Mehofer, is completely dedicated to Roter Veltliner, the Wadenthal vineyard and the pursuit of sustainability.
Thinking in generations
For Stephan, sustainability is thinking in generations , and that is why he has worked tirelessly since he took over in 2008 to further develop the winery in the sense of a comprehensive organic philosophy. In the meantime, hot water and heat are produced exclusively on site and through their own resources, and electricity generation equals annual electricity consumption thanks to photovoltaic systems. They also harvest a little bit of honey and write books about elder and other herbs. In addition, they now want to encourage customers to recycle more by using reusable wooden crates and returning bottles.
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The Neudegg estate has dedicated itself above all to the Roter Veltliner variety, which is even continued as a separate estate line. They particularly like to talk about the individual character of Neudegger Ortswein. Shaped by the soil and after long yeast storage, it combines typical loess creaminess with structured exoticism and nuttiness. But Roter Veltlniner can also be different. An expressive variant comes from the Wadenthal, a vineyard arena in which insects and butterflies cavort. In addition, gravel inclusions here refresh the loess that otherwise predominates on the Wagram. Muscaris, Johanniter and Bronner were planted in this environment more than ten years ago, mainly to reduce the need for plant protection. In relatively dry years, one can even do without it altogether – the next generations will be grateful. Recently, by the way, these varieties have been poured in quite unadorned and with pleasure by a certain Johahn. “Cock-a-doodle-doo!”, he would crow rather loudly. Quite the opposite of the winemaker himself. He prefers to fiddle around, keep quiet and enjoy.
Numbers and Data
- Size: approx. 23 ha
- Main grape varieties: Grüner Veltliner and Roter Veltliner
- Certification: organic-biological since 1992
- Most important sites: Wadenthal
- Main soils: Loess, loess with gravel inclusions in the Wadenthal vineyard
- Work in the vineyard: Promotion of diversity in the Vineyard: Individual planting, also under stock with e.g. Planting of herbs, no mowing
- Work in the cellar: whole cluster pressing, storage on fine yeast, partly biological acid degradation, exclusively bentonite and sulphur use, partly unfiltered bottling;
- Barrels: mainly steel tank, otherwise 300-6000 l used Austrian wooden barrels preferably with wood from our own forest
- Export share: 30
- Distributors in Austria: Getränke Wagner, Biogast, AGM, Hauptsache Wein (Lower Austria/Vienna), Bregenzer Weine and Johannes Thurnher Weine (Vorarlberg), Weinheit – Peter Gigler (Carinthia)