Matthias Hager
Pet Nat
Grüner Veltliner
Kamptal, Austria

Very early on in his life, Matthias had to take on responsibility in his parents vineyard. Together with his wife, he is not just running the winery, but also a small little farm. The family business extends to a restaurant in the middle of the vineyard run by his brother Hermann. Taking over the winery so early made him also more open to change which made him switch to organic fairly soon and by 2010 he was fully biodynamic and certified by Demeter. Which makes him still the only one in Kamptal. He owns about 13 hectares around the town of Mollands consisting of loess, loam and different rocky soil.

The Grüner Veltliner grapes for this month’s sparkler grow on a mix of loess and various rocks. They are between 30 and 55 years old. They have been pressed immediately after harvest and 30% fermented in wood barrels. Without any filtering or additives, the juice was bottled and left to finish fermentation. What you get is a very mineral-driven wine, with slight fruity undertones and mild acidity. It works well as an aperitif or equally well as a food wine with anything not too spicy.

This wine is part of
Volume 9: The Family Edition