VieVinum Saturday 06 June 2020 | ‘Tasting with respekt-BIODYN & Demeter Winemakers Austria—Farm Individuality & Origin.’

Ten wines
Austria (3) Burgenland
Austria (1) Vienna: Wieninger (By default).
Austria (1) Weinviertel (Zillinger by default).
Austria (1) Kamptal (Hirsch or Loimer)
Austria (1)  Wagram (Judith Beck or Domaine Ott).

Italy (1): Manincor: Rubatsch Lagrein.

Germany (1) Mosel (Asked Clemens Busch to chose the wine)

Germany (1) Palatinate or Rheinhessen. 

Time & Venue: 09:30am to 10:45am in the Schatzkammer Hall, at VieVinum/Hofburg.

Reservations: Via email to or by telephone on +43 1 905 34 38

Content: A tasting seminar hosted by twenty wineries certified Biodynamic by respekt-BIODYN & Demeter in a friendly exchange whilst showing their wines for tasting. Moderated by Monty Waldin. Presented in English. Tasting from Zalto glasses.

Demeter Winemakers Austria: Sixty member wineries from all Austrian wine-growing regions. Demeter is the world’s oldest association of Biodynamic winegrowers and farmers (founded 1924). See

respekt-BIODYN. A group of internationally renowned wineries in Austria, Germany, Italy and Hungary. Founded 2007. Given the prestigious ‘Wine Award for Friends 2019’ by the German magazine Feinschmecker.

Monty Waldin | ‘After 100 Years is Biodynamics ready to shape our Wine future? Each wine will be explained by the winemaker: terroir, grape, Biodynamic methodology, winemaking. For each of the 20 wines Waldin will add a key thought relating to Biodynamic practices to put the wine in a wider context.


Terroir is seen as passive whereas we should think of human inter-action with terroir as (bio) dynamic.

1. Wine is a food crop. Vineyards & wineries and the wine media often argue about wine being art, science, business, or even lifestyle. BUT ultimately there is no vineyard, no winery and for sure no wine without economic sustainability. This is the basis of everything. The Biodynamic way of farming gives you greater economic and thus creative freedom because you augment the ability of your vineyard, its wild habitat and your co-workers to be more self-reliant and self-sustaining and less reliant on buying things from outside of the farm, especially things which you do not need (and are not permitted): for example herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers.

2. Organics is a first step. Organics is good (global organic vineyards stat). BUT: Organics can seem more about what you don’t do than what you do do (“no herbicides, no pesticides, no soluble fertilizers…” etc. The Origin of the word organic dates from after WW2, and it comes from the key idea behind Biodynamics which is to create farms (vineyards) which become self-sustaining living organisms. So Biodynamics is really about what you do do.

3. Biodynamics dates from post WW1. Europe weak: no yeomen, no horses, no manure. So not enough living people and not enough living fertility. Open door to new technology. Tractors (Tanks) replaced horses and men as so many died. Pesticides derived from nerve gas. Quick fertility (less manure) NPK. Sounds great.

4) The problem with glyphosate and NPK.


Economic sustainability for vineyards depends on natural rhythms and cycles eg the four seasons which are driven by the sun.

BD in a nutshell: 3 pillars.

Instead of blindly following the instructions on the plastic canister of herbicide,  your You have to think

You are what you eat and this means you are what the soil eats.

Each of the nine Biodynamic preparations 500-508. The self-sustaining living organism. Rural depopulation. NEETS. Nitrous oxide and fertilizers. Teas. Liquid manures. Celestial cycles.

respekt-BIODYN wineries (22). Paul Achs, Judith Beck, Clemens Busch, Steffen Christmann, Kurt Feiler, Karl Fritsch, Michael Goëss-Enzenberg/Manincor, Martin & Georg Fußer, Andreas Gsellmann, Gernot Heinrich, Johannes Hirsch, Fred Loimer, Hans Nittnaus, Bernhard Ott, Gerhard Pittnauer, Claus Preisinger, Hansjörg Rebholz, Franz Wehrheim, Franz Reinhard Weninger, Fritz Wieninger/Wieninger & Hajszan Neumann, Philipp Wittmann, Herbert Zillinger.