Austrians love nature and as a result they treat it with the greatest of respect. Environmental protection, water purity, healthy and GMO-free food, biodiversity, energy and materials efficiency are all treated with the highest priority.
For this reason it should come as no surprise that Austria is the world leader in organic farming: around 27% of the agricultural area and 16% of all vineyards are already managed according to organic farming guidelines*, a fifth of it is biodynamic**. There is also an official certification scheme for sustainable viticulture in Austria. And lastly, the majority of grapes are still harvested by hand. Despite this – or perhaps precisely for this reason – the wine industry has developed with special dynamism in recent times. The number of internationally competitive companies is growing steadily, and new names are gaining recognition beyond Austria’s borders every year. The curve of ever-increasing export turnover is similar to that of the most successful countries in the New World.
* Source: Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, as of February 2021
** Source: associations respekt-BIODYN and Demeter, as of January 2021
The "Sustainable Austria" certification programme regulates the use of the term "sustainability" in Austrian winemaking.
Wines made organically or biodynamically can be identified by the green EU organic logo with the code number of the certification body.