New VDP.Member in Saale-Unstrut

The Matthias Hey winery becomes the 196th VDP member and strengthens the Saxony/Saale-Unstrut regional association.

Matthias Hey was admitted to the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (VDP) in Freiburg/Unstrut on April 1st. This makes him the third wine-grower from Saale-Unstrut, along with Uwe Lützkendorf and Bernard Pawis, to be allowed to decorate his capsules with the coveted eagle from now on. Together with the two Saxons, Klaus Zimmerling and Georg Prinz zur Lippe from the winery Schloss Proschwitz, the VDP. Regionalverband Sachsen/Saale-Unstrut is now present with five wineries.<br />Matthias Hey cultivates Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gutedel, Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Noir and Blaue Zweigelt in his six-hectare winery.<br /> His parents Sigrun and Reinhard laid the foundation stone for his success story in 2001 with the purchase of a winegrowing estate and a parcel of land in the historic Naumburger Steinmeister vineyard. After his oenology studies in Geisenheim and practical semesters in Italy, the Naumburg winegrower returned to his parents' winery in 2007 to present his first vintage the following year. For him, "quality-oriented action with respect for his individual terroir" has long been a passionate endeavour. Matthias Hey is co-initiator of the "Breitengrad 51" winegrowers' initiative. This initiative has set itself the goal of highlighting the special Cool Climate style of the wines produced at latitude 51 in a special way. Matthias Hey convinced the VDP with his filigree wines that reflect their terroir in a special way. <br />"We know every single grape personally, because our wines are produced exclusively by selective hand-picking. The very mineral-rich shell limestone soil and more than 1600 hours of sunshine per year offer ideal conditions for filigree and at the same time expressive wines". Matthias Hey
The admission of new members to the VDP is carried out according to strict testing regulations in order to guarantee a continuously high level for top wines and estates. Since the introduction of the VDP audit in 1991, which takes place every 5 years, 131 new members have been admitted and 95 retired.