Maximilian Maglock

Weingut Maglock,  Lower Austria, Austria

13
Hectares
7
Grapes
8
Wines
Maximilian Maglock talks about his work at the winery and plans for the future.

What's behind the ink blot on the Maglock labels?

It's hard to imagine our wines without them. They are our trademark, and have been for many years - the blob used to be red, whereas now it is blue and should stay that way. We want our wines to jump off the shelf and stand out.

Maximilian Maglock

Maximilian Maglock graduated from the wine and fruit growing school in Krems. Then he did various internships for 14 months - on one hand at the Schloss Gobelsburg winery, and on the other hand also at the Malat winery. After these important professional experiences, Maximilian Maglock joined his father's business in 2020.

And who had the idea for the blob?

That was a very, very good friend of the house, the Linz painter Walter Ofner. He has been closely associated with our winery for a long time. One day, after a wine tasting, he made hundreds of different colour blots with brush and paint, of which we then agreed on the one to use. The blob also adorns all our correspondence, business cards or cardboard boxes.

Which of your wines are you particularly passionate about?

Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the Riesling "Gaisberg Alte Reben" - it is from the "World Champion Mountain", where the world's best white wine came from for two years in a row. We have 3 plots on the Gaisberg, 2 of which are Veltliner and 1 is our oldest Riesling vineyard ever. The gardens are 40 years old, thus very old. These vineyards grow a crop of smaller berries. They are very concentrated and higher in ripeness. These are grapes with a well mixed vegetation history with good health and ripeness.

What is the secret of the Gaisberg?

(laughs.) Well - the soil is our very special luck, it consists of very rare gneiss, whose slaty subsoil is excellently suited for Riesling. The altitude of the site (310 m. above sea level) also makes a contribution. Now 16 of our winegrowers have joined forces with the Ortsvinothek to keep the quality of the Gaisberg wines high even after the World Cup titles.

How do you do it?

With targeted events where we visit the growing areas, for example as part of hikes or wine tastings. We want to make the Gaisberg, our "world champion mountain", even better known and more famous. We show people what this site can do and why the world's best white wine comes from here.

We maintain a family atmosphere and are lucky to have been able to work with the same helpers for 10, 15 years in some cases.

What impact does the local climate have on your wines?

Two very different climates meet in the Kamptal. On the one hand a dry and hot climate and on the other hand the harsh, cool climate from the northern Waldviertel. So we get to enjoy very warm, hot days with many hours of sunshine. After sunset it cools down quickly - which you can notice in the lively acidity of our wines. This is vital for the grapes, so they can play out their aroma spectrum: very light wines with a nice drinking flow, fresh crisp acidity. But they are also excellent for reserve and powerful wines. These are excellent conditions.

Do you also offer "wine experiences" - such as "Wine+Dine", site tastings, verticals, overnight stays in the winery or similar?

Yes - the mentioned vineyard hikes with wine tasting. On top of Gaisberg you have a beautiful panoramic view. The view from is stunning, and you can see all of our vineyards from there. We also offer hiking tours for groups to the preferred vineyards and sites.

Have you had any wine aha experiences?

Yes! Our Roter Veltliner Auslese 1992 has such great maturity, longevity, complexity and density. We haven't had it in our range since 2020. It is a very typical variety, but it is becoming increasingly rare. It is a delicate variety to work with. The variety starts to rot quickly and you have to find the right time for harvesting. The 1992 vintage was very late and it came together with great, concentrated and fully ripe material. This wine has a beautiful ripeness and Botrytis touch. We often let customers taste it as a grand finale to please them. It also brings an insanely beautiful longevity, and will still be ready to enjoy in 10-20 years. A wine that is an aha experience in all aspects: fruity aromas on the nose, complex density on the palate, beautifully combined and integrated. In 1992, my great-grandfather and my father were still working together on this wine. In 1993, it won the most important Austrian wine competition as best Roter Veltliner. It was the first major wine competition that my father won.

Where do you see your winery in the future?

We want to export even more and increase our areas.

Which countries are you focusing on?

Switzerland, of course, which is why we are very happy about the cooperation with Winemaker.com. In addition, the Scandinavian countries are also very exciting for our wines. In 2021, a new distribution partner was added in Norway. Austrian wine enjoys a high level of popularity there. The Scandinavians appreciate the quality and the craftsmanship that goes into our wines. Sweden is also a very important market, a country with a very high food and drinking culture. And also a country where the matching wine is served with every dish.

What do all the employees and helpers of the winery do together?

We cultivate a family atmosphere and are lucky to have been able to work with the same helpers for 10, 15 years in some cases. This shows how much they appreciate our winery and the atmosphere that prevails here. We have lunch together with the family and all the helpers, fortifying ourselves with coffee and cake and discussing things over a snack in the evening. Our helpers are accommodated on the farm. It is very important to us to have open and good relations with the helpers, because we have to be able to rely on them.

Weingut Maglock
Weingut Maglock

Lower Austria,Austria

Maximilian Maglock

Hectares
13
Hectares
Grapes
7
Grapes
Wines
8
Wines

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