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respekt-BIODYN is growing bigger

Even more biodynamic winemaking

Three well-known winemakers from Germany and Austria joined the renowned respekt-BIODYN European winemaker’s association at the end of 2016. With them, a total of 22 respekt winemakers are now striving together towards the "ideal wine".
Vienna, 21 February, 2017

Word download: press release, new members' portraits p.4, respekt at ProWein p.3
PDF download: the new cellar guidelines
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"The respekt association’s high standards, our collegial exchange, and the joint development and appreciation have become enormously important to me over the years. respekt-BIODYN is a super troupe! This is why I see it as a necessity to integrate my second winery here. It’s also because Hajszan Neumann worked biodynamically for years before my takeover," the Viennese winemaker Fritz Wieninger justifies his double membership in respekt-BIODYN. With the Hajszan Neumann winery, the Herbert Zillinger winery in the Weinviertel and the VDP member Dr. Wehrheim from Pfalz (Palatine) in Germany, now 22 wineries from Austria, Germany, Hungary and Italy belong to the association, which was established in 2007. The first wines from these three certified according to the new respekt guidelines will be presented at the Viennese VieVinum 2018 wine fair, while at the ProWein wine trade fair in March 2017, they will still be showing their bottles without the respekt logo.

The new cellar guidelines. At the end of December 2016, respekt cellar guidelines for the "white & rosé wine", "red wine", "natural wine" and "champagne & sparkling wine" categories were adopted. These individual categories are clearly defined and leave no room for interpretation. The winemaker’s association strives towards the ideal wine in accordance with these strict guidelines, and with a commitment to the highest quality.

The admission procedure. "What counts for us, in addition to our working methods, is in particular the quality level of our wines, which is why the wines of respekt aspirants are tasted several times by the Executive Board," said respekt chairman Fred Loimer. "It is important that the respekt association is open to every type of wine: from fresh and fruity through classic and matured, to orange. But everything at the highest level. Then the real admission process begins. Our new cellar guidelines are, of course, still a proper hurdle. It’s great that these three have mastered them.“ Unanimity of the board, participation in the respekt education program, a one-year mentorship by an older respekt member, and the three-year transitional phase for wineries in conversion to organic management (two for already organic operations) are the additional criteria.

respekt-BIODYN & ProWein. 21 of the 22 respekt wineries will be represented at this important wine trade fair in Düsseldorf from 19 to 21 March. The German members will personally be at the "VDP - The Prädikatsweingüter" stand in Hall 14, the Austrians (except for Gernot Heinrich and Fred Loimer (Hall 16)) will be in Hall 17, and the South Tyrolean Manincor Winery will be in Hall 15.

The respekt members: Paul Achs, Judith Beck, Clemens Busch, Steffen Christmann, Kurt Feiler/Feiler-Artinger, Karl Fritsch, Michael Goëss-Enzenberg/Manincor, Andreas Gsellmann, Gernot & Heike Heinrich, Johannes Hirsch, Fred Loimer, Hans & Anita Nittnaus, Bernhard Ott, Gerhard Pittnauer, Claus Preisinger, Hansjörg Rebholz, Karlheinz & Franz Wehrheim, Franz Weninger, Fritz Wieninger/Hajszan Neumann & Wieninger, Philipp Wittmann, Herbert & Carmen Zillinger.

The association. respekt-BIODYN is a European biodynamic association with the goal of producing outstanding wines with the highest possible individuality. respekt-BIODYN is based in Austria and has 22 members from Austria, Germany, Hungary and Italy. The association was founded in 2007.

Portraits of our new association members from p.4, see attachment.

The ProWein stand numbers of the respekt members are on p.3, see attachment.


Association headquarters: Weinberghof Fritsch
Schlossbergstraße 9, 3470 Oberstockstall, Austria
Email: info@respekt-biodyn.bio, www.respekt-biodyn.bio

respekt office: havel & petz
Tel. +43 1 913 42 74, Email: info@respekt-biodyn.bio


Printable photos in the attachment © Andreas Hofer, Steve Haider, Christian Jobst, Dr. Wehrheim Winery. Please note the photo credits in the captions, use is free of charge with proper citation. With our thanks for the media coverage.

Please direct all inquiries to: Sylvia Petz, havel & petz
Fillgradergasse 15/11, 1060 Vienna, Austria, Email, Tel. +43 699 1100 8040

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