The Malat wine estate – Weingut Malat - is one of the most prestigious wineries in Austria, a traditional, family owned wine estate established in 1722 now run by Michael Malat. The passion for quality, the drive for perfection, the love of artisanry and the respect for tradition are what characterise his wines. Based in Kremstal, in NE Austria, Malat owns 50ha of vines averaging 25 years and which they chose not to irrigate to ensure low production and the highest quality grapes.
Michael describes his vineyards as his greatest treasure: “they are the foundations of my wines and I want to treat them in the best possible way so they are in good condition for the next generation.” It is no surprise then that Malat has become certified sustainable and is working towards organic certification which all being well should be granted in 2023.
People from around the world visit Malat not just to taste their wines but to stay at their vineyard hotel, which opened in 2012 and lies at the foot of the rising Göttweiger Berg mountain amongst the vineyards with an imposing view of the Stift Göttweig monastery.
The brainchild of Michael Malat, Crazy Creatures’ first vintage was 2013. The labels are an artist’s interpretation of Michael’s vision to attract and intrigue wine drinkers to try his wines. Four abstract creatures adorn the bottles; the wines are all 100% Grüner Veltliner. The grapes for the wines are grown in the small Austrian village of Palt, in the wine-growing region of Kremstal. A favourite among sommeliers and wine enthusiasts alike Grüner Veltliner is the most important grape of Austria and is known for its spicy, herbal and fruity aromas and a crisp, fresh acidity.