Our family can look back on over 300 years of winemaking tradition. This knowledge and responsibility shaped us in our youth, but also inspired us early on. Over the course of our training, the respect for our vineyards has increased even further.
We both want to keep this unique treasure with sustainable work in harmony with nature. We know that the fantastic quality of our grapes, combined with their typical Burgenland character is only possible thanks to the careful care of the vineyards by the generations before us. We pledge to maintain and develop this prudent and visionary work.
OUR MEASURES IN THE WEINGARTEN
We improve the soils of our vineyards with our own compost. We use compost out of marc, green waste, cattle manure, horse manure and straw as fertilizer. This approach protects our soil, supports microorganisms and ensures vitality and biodiversity in the vineyard. Characterful wines only grow on vital soil.
- Humus – compost increases the biological activity of the soil and improves its structure in the long term
- Long-term fertilizer – optimal nutrients for the vines
- Water reservoir – the soil can bind more water due to the higher humus content and thus relieve the stress on the vines during drought
- Plant resistance – the positive effects of humus make the vines more resistant to diseases and pests
Valuable green plants and wild herbs grow in the vineyards between our rows of vines. These reduce soil erosion, provide habitat for organisms and promote the biodiversity of beneficial insects in the soil. Some plants such as white clover, yellow clover, crimson clover, plantain, cornflower, phacelia, oil radish, camelina or buckwheat root through the topsoil and thus improve the soil structure. The different types of clover are very important for fertilization. Clover species belong to the legume family, this plant family form a symbiosis with so-called nodule bacteria on the roots. These special bacteria collect nitrogen from the air and make it available to the vines. This is the oldest and most sustainable way of nitrogen fertilization there is. Mowing in late summer and the subsequent weathering creates new humus, which completes the natural cycle in the vineyard.