The Beginner’s Guide to Austrian Wines

In the years following World War II, Austrians realized the same demand for food products as most countries in the world. The rise of mechanization and chemical farming extended to the vineyard, and many growers thought this new technology was part of the future. Gradually, it was revealed that environmental and health concerns are not compatible with systems that rely on synthetics such as pesticides and herbicides.

Austrian winemakers are now committed to positioning their wine as an environmentally and socially responsible option. To provide proof to the consumer, the Austrian Wine Association has created an online assessment, which producers submit to voluntarily and independently, facilitating the designation “Sustainable Austria”. This is demonstrated by a logo which indicates that measures have been taken to be sustainable for the environment, the economy and society. The certification covers viticultural systems, fair wages, improved working conditions, practical business management and a preference for regional suppliers when possible. There is also a growing number of organic and biodynamic winemakers in Austria working with reputable certification bodies or simply adhering to these practices as a matter of principle.

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