respekt–BIODYN [sic] is Biodynamic wine producers’ group founded in 2007. It has its own certification trademark for Biodynamic wine-growing which conforms to EU norms regarding organic wine-growing and winemaking whilst adding it own stricter private standards (the Biodynamic part) to both these aspects of wine production. Each member is the winemaker in person. In addition to the winemaking methods, the quality of the wines and humans involved are criteria for acceptance. The association, founded in 2007, is based in Austria and its formation was preceded by an intensive training phase with Dr. Andrew Lorand, an agricultural ecologist and pioneer of biodynamics.
respekt–BIODYN MEMBERSHIP 2015-2016 In 2015 and 2016, five prestigious VDP wineries from Germany joined the group: Busch, Christmann, Ökonomierat Rebholz, Dr. Wehrheim and Wittmann. 2017 MARCH respekt-BIODYN had 22 member wineries from Austria, Germany, Italy, and Hungary cultivating a total vineyard area of around 600 hectares (1,482 acres).
respekt–BIODYN GUIDELINES In 2016, the strict respekt guidelines, containing aspects of modern agroecology and social, ecological, and economic sustainability, were revised. They can be viewed on the association’s website, and will be monitored by independent European inspection bodies. They go far beyond EU organic regulations. This revision focused on the highest individuality for respekt–BIODYN members and wine styles within the framework of biodynamics. The respekt training program is open to all winemakers and wine experts in the sense of a “Partnership for the Goals”.