In 2006 the self taught winegrower Martin Muthenthaler created his eponymous winery Weingut Martin Muthenthaler after having worked for 20 years at Domaine Wachau. Martin works his 3.3 Ha step terraced vineyards of rocky outcrops and Loess soils mostly by hand, and switched to organic viticulture in 2010. The Grüner Veltliner and Riesling from the single vineyards Bruck and Schön are spontaneously fermented and have a very long contact with lees. Martin Muthenthaler is located in Elsarn am Jauerling, a little town in Spritzer Graben, a valley in the far western part of the Wachau. Martin does not use the classifications of Federspiel, Steinfeder or Smaragd. His wines also have significantly lower alcohol levels than those of his colleagues, with some Rieslings as low as 12% abv and Grüners at 12.5% abv. These are wines meant to drink and enjoy now. Because the wines are so balanced and stimulating, you can either match them with food or drink them alone.