The family business of Johannes Zillinger has a lot of experience when it comes to organic and biodynamic wine making. Since the 1980s father Hans Zillinger has switched to organic agriculture, as one of the pioneers in Austria. Since 2013, son Johannes has gone a step further by working biodynamic. According to him, this approach gives the grapes more vitality, and thus the wine gets more powerful aromas. Zillinger has divided his wines into 3 quality levels:
- Velue - accessible natural wines
- Reflexion - wines from one vineyard, with optimal reflection of vineyard and harvest year
- Numen - pure natural wines, with few human influences.
The Weinviertel or the Viertel under the Manhartsberg is one of the four historic quarters of the Austrian state of Lower Austria. It covers the northeast of this largest Austrian Bundesland. In the east the Weinviertel borders Slovakia: this border is formed by the March. In the north it borders on the Czech Republic, a border that more or less follows the river Thaya. The mountain range of the Manhartsberg (537 meters) forms the western border with the Waldviertel and the Danube the southern border with the Mostviertel and the Industrieviertel.
In balance with nature for more than 30 years! Being a BIO is not a trend, it is a lifestyle and Johannes Zillinger has been growing his vineyards for more than 30 years through the biodynamic principles that are based on the anthroposophical principles of philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Avoiding all kinds of chemistry is our philosophy. With regard to the environment, natural water, nutrition and especially in terms of wine. Healthy soil is the key to remarkable and exciting wines.
(Source: Johannes Zillinger Austria)