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.** 15.2% 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 February 2021
** Source: associations respekt-BIODYN and Demeter, as of January 2021
*** Source: Austrian Winegrowers' Association, qualifying date: 30 May 2021

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Integrated viticulture

This refers to a procedure, to which all economically, ecologically and toxicologically sustainable methods are applied, in order to keep the extent of damage to a minimum and beneath the economic damage threshold.
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Organic Viticulture

The most important characteristics of organic agriculture include the prohibitive use of easily soluble mineral fertilizers and herbicides; a conscious cultivation of the vineyard, to naturally promote the health and fertility of the soil, and a respect for its natural cycle.
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Biodynamic Viticulture

The biodynamic economic wisdom of a wine estate is based on Rudolph Steiner's techniques.
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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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Orange & Natural Wines
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Orange, natural, raw wines

Twenty years ago, the pinnacle of fashion for an Austrian winegrower was to release his or her premium red blend, aged in expensive new French oak. But times have changed – new oak is no longer regarded as being on the cutting edge.
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