"Today's world of wines is listing a nearly endless number of different personalities - big and small, lightweight and heavyweight, young and old, introverted and extroverted. Not only has each wine its own character but also a very personal history behind. A history that may be exciting and interesting or, in contrary, rather boring and meaningless... Many steps are necessary till a wine is bottled and ready for drinking. And each little detail may have a great impact on the final product. Therefore, we take great pains to weigh each step carefully before taking any decision. Our wines are the sum of all these little details and give proof of our tireless work in the vineyard as well as our efforts in the cellar. But just come and find out for yourself."
Where: Zellerndorf, Niederösterreich, Austria
Green grapes: Gelber Muskateller, Grüner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner
"My winery is new and modern, I'm a bit older now, and everything changes - but I stay the way I've always been. Born 1980 (great birth year; lousy vintage). First wine: 2000 (great vintage!). First Pannobile 2004 (another great vintage!). Principles: a few ;-) In the vineyard: based on Rudolf Steiner. In the cellar: purist; quality fanatic and a lot with my gut feeling. In life: uncomplicated. I don't have to got to an office; don't have any traffic jams; am outside in nature and the vineyards as much as I want (and the vines demand); I just look across the landscape and feel the weather. All of this is a privilege that I appreciate (more and more). If this sounds too good to be true - come and have a look for yourself!"
Where: Leitschach, Steiermark, Austria
Green grapes: Morillon, Sauvignon blanc, Welschriesling
"My axiom is: "I cannot do anything better, than nature does itself." Considering this, it is only logical to work together with nature. This is surely a challenge in light of the numerous weather occurrences and the different problems we encounter in today's farming.Ironically, it is exactly these challenges that supported our decision to study and better understand the diverse rhythms of nature.We work according to biodynamic principles set forth by the Demeter Biodynamic Association. This path presents us with many possibilities for a better understanding of all facets of farming. Biodynamic farmers work very closely with the forces and rhythms of the earth and cosmos. They act as transmitters of these forces via use of certain natural preparations. In this way we can either strengthen or weaken the various impulses of nature, taking effect on form and long-term health of the soil, plants and vines. Basically, it is our endeavour to support growth of healthy vines and prevent sickness as much as possible."
Where: Oggau am Neusiedler See, Burgenland, Austria.
Green grapes: Weissburgunder, Welshriesling, Gewürtztraminer
When asked to describe Christian's wines and why I work with him, I can't help but quote the vigneron himself, "All left to the game of natural forces. No strict order, no fixed rules, no dogmas. The French call the laissez-faire [...] And what does all this have to do with viticulture? Is there a laissez-faire there? Just run it? Is this simply a new fashion or expression of an oenological reorientation? Education – this term does not only exist in dealing with children. Vines also want to be educated, also in viticulture one speaks of education. But how far can man intervene? Is a good wine the result of rigorously observed basic rules? Or have not too many dogmas and complicated techniques often led to rather profound results? In any case, this tension field can create a completely new basic principle: grapes are extracted from grapes with a maximum of character and finesse, but the wines are then to unfold completely freely in the barrels. The wine grows to its own limits, spontaneously. No cellar orgies: the wines are left alone. Thus they attain their inner balance." This is the philosophy that makes his wines speak to me.
Maria & Sepp Muster
Where: Leutschach, Steiermark, Austria
Green grapes: Morillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Gelber Muskateller
Blue grapes: Blaufränkisch, Blauer Wildbacher, Zweigelt
"We do not wish to fashion our wines to any specific style, but rather allow them their time and space to reach their own individual potential, referenced through terroir, soil character and vintage. Vintner handwork, obliged to old tradition, orients itself to the art of paying close attention to the work done in the vineyard and then allowing wine to make itself in the cellar."
Where: St. Stefan ob Stainz, Steiermark, Austria
Green grapes: Weissburgunder, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Muskateller
“It does one good to patiently observe what happens in the peace and tranquility of nature. And the best occurrences are those that take place without influence from outside sources. I willingly admit: I have such high respect for developments happening unseen- both in the vineyard and later in the wine itself – that I'm afraid of disturbing and defacing the natural process through interference..."