Johannes Zillinger | Biodynamic estate winery in the south-east of the Weinviertel region in Austria. The business has been run by Johannes Zillinger since 2012, when he took over from his father.

Background | The estate was founded in 1673 by David Zillinger, it is still owned by the same family.

Vineyards | The vineyard area totals 20 hectares, with holdings in the following sites: Haidthal, Kellerberg, Lissen and Sonnberg. 60% of the area is planted with the following white varieties: Grüner Veltliner, Weißburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Riesling, Welschriesling, Chardonnay (Morillon), Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Gelber Muskateller. Also Scheurebe (Sämling 88), Rivaner (Müller-Thurgau), I think. The remaining 40% is planted with the following red varieties: (Blauer) Zweigelt, St. Laurent, Blauburger and Cabernet Sauvignon. Also Roesler and Merlot, I think. Experiments are under way with some disease-resistant varieties or PIWIs.

Biodynamic certification | 1980 Johann Zillinger went organic in 1980. | 2013 Demeter conversion begins. | 2014 Full Demeter certification for the first time.

Winemaking | Whites ferment mainly in stainless steel tanks. The best white Grüner Veltliner, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay wines age in large oak barrels.

Sparkling wines

Frizzante, Sämling | Made from the Sämling 88 grape.

Sekt, Welschriesling

White wines

Grüner Veltliner, K2 | Weinviertel DAC Unfiltered.

Grüner Veltliner Kellerberg, Weinviertel DAC | Grüner Veltliner

Grüner Veltliner, Numen

Grüner Veltliner, Reflexion Lage Kellerberg / 2013 Grüner Veltliner. 12.5%. 2.5g/l RS. Nice spritz, clean, modern savoury, well made and creamy, lift, ripe peach but not overblown (Millésime Bio 2015).

Grüner Veltline, Velue | 2017 Grüner Veltliner 11% alcohol. Part-fermented in amphora for texture, the aim with this wine being to make it light but not thin. Lovely salty fluidity (Demeter Austria tasting 2018).

Muskateller, Numen | 2016 No added sulfites. Made like the Numen 2016 Fumé Blanc. Slightly coudy, musky, saline (Demeter Austria tasting 2018).

REVOLUTION NV | A solera wine from more than one vintage to make a consistent style with each bottling of it. NV (2013 and 2014) Blended from Chardonnay, Scheurebe and Riesling. Fluid, soft, bright, very goodat the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.


RIESLING, NUMEN / 2012 5 days on skins. Amphora-aged. Cool pineapple, grapefruit style at Millésime Bio Feb 2015.


(SAUVIGNON BLANC) FUME BLANC, NUMEN / 2016 Hilltop site on limestone. Sauvignon Blanc. Destemmed but not crushed. 100% fermented in amphora and acacia oak. Very slow ferment. Very salty green fruit, very very good at the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.

WEISSBURGUNDER, REFLEXION LAGE HOHES ECK / Pinot Blanc from a plot called ‘High Corner’. / 2013 3.5g/l RS. Higher RS compared to the GV as this grape has more acid. Quite spicey at Millésime Bio Jan 2015.

WEISSBURGUNDER 2006 / Auslese. / 2008 Beerenauslese.


WELSCHRIESLING / 2008 Ausbruch. / 2008 Eiswein


CABERNET, VELUE  / 2017 Cabernet.

ROSÉ ST LAURENT, NUMEN / 2016 100 year old vines on limstone. Uncrushed berries are pressed, juice runs to sealed amphora. Salty, appetisizing, some reduction at the Demeter Austria tasting 2018.





St Laurent



Other products | Red and white grape juice (Traubensaft), apple juice (Apfel-Traubensaft), and apple and blackberry juice (Trauben-Apfel-Holundersaft).


Bioweingut Johannes Zillinger

Landstrasse 70, A-2245 Velm-Götzendorf, Austria

Tel+43 02538.85731 |


Demeter Austria tasting 2018, Vienna 26th February.