BACKGROUND Alfred Ploder, the third of five children, learned the handicraft of growing fruits and viticulture. He graduated as a winemaker with diploma in 1961. Alfred Ploder and his wife Maria took over the family owned estate in 1986 (their children are Lydia and Manuel). At this time they gave up all elements of the fruit business and transformed the farm in a wine estate. They planted new vines and invested in a totally new wine-cellar. Alfred is the viticulturist and was winemaker until 2011 and Maria is responsible for marketing and sales. From 2011 their son Manuel Ploder has made the wines.
VINEYARDS 12.5 hectares (31 acres) of estate vinyeards plus purchases from 3 hectares (7.41 acres) owner by Robert Lieschnegg, whose vineyard is also Demeter-certified Biodynamic.
BIODYNAMICS Began with Biodynamics in 2006. 2015 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification.
BIODIVERSITY, POLYCULTURE The owners say their objective has been to remodel the estate to permaculture principles. This means designing the economic activity of the estate around maximum self-sufficiency so that it works towards becoming an independent individual. A key tenet is that the farm generates its own fertility and becomes a self-sustaining living organism. The “organs of the farm” are the different types of agriculture (farming, rearing cattle and sheep, cultivation of vegetables, fruit and wine but also hedges, forests, humid and dry-meadow biotopes, wilderness areas, fruit and mulch meadows, rainwater storage, compost piles, greenhouses, herb terraces, beehives, hen houses, sheep pens, early vegetable beds, photovoltaic systems, vegetable and fruit storage facilities, etc. )
CERTIFICATION 2010 First vintage with full organic certification (Lacon). 2015 First vintage with full Demeter Biodynamic certification.
SUSTAINABILITY Solar panels.
AERO ‘Tero’ is esperanto for ‘air’. 2013 A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Muscaris, Muskateller and Traminer. 100% skin contact for 4 months outside. Aged 36 months in amphora. Nice acidity, slightly beer-like in early (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
BLANCA 2016 13% alcohol. Mainly Sauvignon Gris, plus Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Frosty year.
GELBER MUSKATELLER (MUSCAT OF ALEXANDRIA) | 2011 Gelber Muskateller Trocken, Steiermark 10,000 bottles. 11.5% alcohol. L1201/12. Lacon. Mouthwateringly fresh dry citrus (Millésime Bio 2012).
GRAUBURGUNDER (PINOT GRIS) 2011 Grauburgunder Reserve Rich and sexy oak (Millésime Bio 2012).
MORILLON (CHARDONNAY) 2009 Chardonnay Reserve Oaky butternut (Millésime Bio 2012). | 2016 Soft fruit, vibrant acidity (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018). | 2015 Linea Destemmed. 24 months in oak. Very well made (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
SAUVIGNON BLANC 2016 Fermented and aged in steel. Lovely texture (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
SAUVIGNON BLANC, LINEA B 2009 2,000 bottles. Very different style, more width at Millésime Bio January 2012.
SOUVIGNIER GRIS (PIWI)
TERO ‘Tero’ is esperanto for ‘earth’. 2013 50% each Chardonnay and Sauvignon Gris. 50% fermented and aged on skins for 12 months of which four months was in amphora. Nice acidity (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
WEISSBURGUNDER (PINOT BLANC) 2011 Crisp modernist (Millésime Bio 2012).
BLAUER ZWEIGELT, LINEA 2015 13.5%. 28 year-old vines. Nice texture (Demeter Austria tasting, 2018).
OTHER CROPS | 2018 Looking to start making vegetable juice.
A-8093 St Peter am Ottersbach, Austria