Meinklang Farm: In the Garden

In the past year since we moved to Florida, opened Small Wine Shop, and had to deal with the pandemic, there have been a few things Tracy and I truly missed doing. One of those is meeting and talking with winemakers. Because of pandemic fear and travel restrictions, there have been very few opportunities to meet anyone, much less someone from out of the country. But recently we had the good fortune to meet with a winemaker from one of our favorite natural wine producers, Niklas Peltzer of Meinklang Winery.

We met Niklas at the soon-to-be opening Paradis Bread and Books in North Miami. This was a great opportunity to talk about Niklas’ winemaking philosophy, his 8-years with the winery,  and the history of Meinklang. Plus, we were able to taste more than a few of his bottlings!

A Little About the Farm

Meinklang is located in Eastern Austria at the border of Hungary, in the World Heritage site of the National Park Neusiedlersee. Niklas told us this area is a very humble, rural farming region. It is a dry area, with long warm springs and summers influenced by a drying wind that comes up from the Saudi Arabian peninsula. The farm sits in a lake triangle area that is flat and very fertile. Sounds like perfect growing conditions to us!

The Meinklang farm grew in the 1990s with the fall of the Iron Curtain and the opening of lands over the Hungarian border. After the fall of communism and the reopening of the borders, it was Anneliese and Werner Senior’s dream to expand their small 40-hectare farm to 100-hectare and to cultivate the Hungarian fields that were lost once again. And when the parents realized their three sons were inclined to stay on the farm, it was a perfect time for Meinklang to expand and prosper.

The Largest Biodynamic Farm in the World

Meinklang is more than just a working farm. In fact, Meinklang is one of the largest biodynamic farms in the world. It is a generational farm, with three generations of families working and thriving to bring the land to life. Each son has chosen a specific part of the farm to focus on. Werner Junior is in charge of the vineyards, Lukas oversees all of the livestock, and Hannes makes sure the farm and its equipment are in working order. Besides the vineyards, there are over 5,000 heads of cattle, numerous other animals, and over 350 different vegetables and grains farmed. Meinklang is a living breathing organism in which everything on the farm is connected and helps and nurtures itself. Diversity is key and polycultural farming makes every part of the farm depend on and work with each other.

Goga Tevzadze and Daughter

A Garden of Wine

That biodiversity is abundent in the vineyards. Niklas told us the farm’s aim is to focus on the original meaning of the term “Wein-Garten” (the German word for a vineyard which contains the words “wine” and “garden”) by creating a true garden with fruit, vegetables, vines, and herbs. These other plants bring beneficial insects to the vineyard. The plants also make humus formation possible and restore harmony in the vines’ habitat. Plus, they get to bring home those fantastic fruits and vegetables after a hard day’s work.

Goga Tevzadze and Daughter

Meinklang focuses on minimal intervention in the cellar. The fermentations start spontaneously with native yeasts from the farm. There are no harmful winemaking additives or manipulations, no fining or filtration, and little to no sulfur additions. All of the wines have been vegan-friendly since 2004. Fermentation and aging take place in wooden, stainless steel, and concrete vessels, with no highly technical equipment.

We always have Meinklang on the shelf and we hope that you come by to grab a bottle soon…especially before we drink it all. 

The Wines of Meinklang Farm

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante Rosé

Vintage: NV
Region: Burgenland, Austria
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: A field blend of the farms red grape varieties

Meinklang Prosa Frizzante Rosé is an Austrian fizz-bomb made of a field blend of red grapes from Meinklang’s fantastic biodynamic vineyards.

Song: I Was a Lover by TV On the Radio

$25.00

Out of stock

Meinklang Weisser Mulatschak

Vintage: 2020
Region: Burgenland, Austria
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: Welschriesling, Pinot Gris, and Traminer

Meinklang Weisser Mulatschak is a skin contact blend of Welschriesling, Pinot Gris, and Traminer. Hazy goodness with apricot and spice notes.

Song: New Way Home by Foo Fighters

$23.00

Out of stock

Meinklang Foam Vulkan

Vintage: 2019
Region: Somló, Hungary
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: Harslevelü and Juhfark

Meinklang Foam Vulkan is a delightful pét-nat made from indigenous grapes grown near the Austrian-Hungarian border. Zippy and refreshing.

Movie: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

$25.00

Out of stock

Meinklang Somlo J15

Vintage: 2015
Region: Somló, Hungary
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: 100% Juhfark

Meinklang Somlo J15 is native grape Juhfark farmed on volcanic soils. The result is a delicious white with notes of apple, flint, and flowers.

Song: Fireworks by Animal Collective

$45.00

1 in stock

Meinklang Morgen Sankt Laurent

Vintage: 2018
Region: Burgenland, Austria
Viticulture: Biodynamic
Grape varieties: Sankt Laurent

Meinklang Morgen Sankt Laurent brings with bright notes of wild strawberries, red peaches, blood orange juice, balanced with subtle florals.

Song: Medicine at Midnight by Foo Fighters

$58.00

1 in stock

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