6. The Respect for Nature
Austrians are true lovers of nature, which is treated with utmost respect in this country. So it is no surprise that we are world record holders in organic farming: 16 % of all farmland and 10 % of all vineyards are organically run. Moreover, GMO (Genetically Modied Organism) use is completely forbidden in Austrian farming.
Around three-quarters of all wineries here participate in a minimum-intervention program (integrated production) supported by the Austrian government and the EU. And even today most of our grapes are hand-picked.