An overview of the different systems of sustainable viticulture in Austria.

6,976 ha (15,3 %) of Austria’s total area under vines is already being cultivated organically*; with this, Austria plays a leading role on the world stage. Almost one fifth of the organic area (1,433 ha) is farmed biodynamically.** 19.7% of the area under vines has been certified as sustainable, while the rest is predominantly being cultivated according to the precepts of integrated viticulture.***

 

* Source: Ministry for Agriculture, Regions and Tourism, as of March 2022
** Source: associations respekt-BIODYN, as of February 2022 and Demeter Austria, as of March 2022
*** Source: Austrian Winegrowers' Association, qualifying date: 15 October 2022

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Integrated viticulture

Integrated viticulture is a method of working towards the profitable production of high-quality grapes, wine and other grape products. People’s health, the conservation of resources and the protection of the environment all stand at the forefront of integrated viticulture
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Organic Viticulture

Organic viticulture differs from integrated production in that the use of chemical/synthetic nitrogen-based fertilisers, freely soluble phosphorus fertilisers and chemical/synthetic pesticides is not allowed, nor is the use of any chemical herbicides allowed in soil management.
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Biodynamic Viticulture

Biodynamic viticulture as practiced by wine producers is a special form of organic viticulture based on the principles and philosophy of the Austrian Rudolf Steiner. 
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Sustainable Austria - Certified Sustainable

For many years, sustainability has been an important topic in agriculture and is becoming an increasingly more important issue in viticulture.
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