Winery

Herbert Zillinger

Herbert and Carmen Zillinger are considered as exceptional talents in the Weinviertel region: the winery stands for quality without compromise. Each wine bears its own personality and yet always the signature of Zillinger.

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"We never trim our wines for a promising deal or a better rating. If we like them as they are, then we are happy."

– Herbert Zillinger

Colour
Type
Grape variety
Price

Goldfisch 2021

winestyle-img Fresh & Juicy
Fruity
Like a fruit basket of fresh fruit: From citrus to peach, apple, pear, to cherry, raspberry or plum.
Spicy
Like an embrace of strong, warmer aromas from pepper to coriander, cloves, vanilla to tobacco and leather.
Structured, Aromatic
14,50 €
19,33 €/L
Sold out

Popcorn 2021

Fruity
Like a fruit basket of fresh fruit: From citrus to peach, apple, pear, to cherry, raspberry or plum.
Vegetative
Juicy, Lively
11,50 €
15,33 €/L

Grüner Veltliner Hirschenreyn 2019

winestyle-img Fine & Layered
Spicy
Like an embrace of strong, warmer aromas from pepper to coriander, cloves, vanilla to tobacco and leather.
Mineral
Like the idea of a wet stone: sometimes cool, salty, slightly smoky and mostly a tight, grippy texture on the palate. Rather a mouthfeel than aromatics.
Fruity
Like a fruit basket of fresh fruit: From citrus to peach, apple, pear, to cherry, raspberry or plum.
Rich, Sweet
19,50 €
26,00 €/L
Sold out

Grüner Veltliner Horizont 2021

winestyle-img Fine & Layered
Fruity
Like a fruit basket of fresh fruit: From citrus to peach, apple, pear, to cherry, raspberry or plum.
Mineral
Like the idea of a wet stone: sometimes cool, salty, slightly smoky and mostly a tight, grippy texture on the palate. Rather a mouthfeel than aromatics.
Structured, Juicy
14,50 €
19,33 €/L

The Zillinger Winery: the avant-garde of the Weinviertel region

With 15,800 hectares, Weinviertel is Austria's largest wine-growing region. With his clear approach to honesty, depth, tranquillity and expressiveness, Herbert Zillinger has succeeded in attracting a great deal of attention internationally and has thus also stood out as an exceptional talent in his homeland. 

No pesticides, no additives, no fining substances, but one thing above all: time. Or as Herbert would say, "time to mature". The result are purist wines with a unique selling point. We almost can't imagine that he would "offend" some customers with this, as he says.

As balanced and easy-drinking as the wines are, there can't be many wine drinkers, neither conventional nor natural wine lovers, who can refuse this good stuff.

Uncompromising, origin-conscious and modern in the sense of "back to the roots" is how the wines can be described.

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Natural wine is the logical consequence

Herbert Zillinger took over his parents' winery in the Weinviertel region of Austria at the age of 20. When Carmen, his wife, joined the winery in 2005, the Zillingers continued on their quality course and, at the latest since the birth of their first daughter Amelie, it was clear that only natural wine, or sustainable management as a whole, could be the only right way forward. Since 2016, the Zillingers have been working according to biodynamic standards, certified with the "Respect Biodynamic" label.

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Grüner Veltliner is and remains the wine of the Weinviertel region

As is typical in the Weinviertel, Grüner Veltliner is also the most important grape variety at Herbert and Carmen. But Traminer, Sauvignon Blanc and Zweigelt are also skilfully turned into fine wines. 

The vineyards are of course cultivated organically, i.e. without chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Herbert Zillinger supports his vines with natural nitrogen fertiliser made from cow and pig manure, which is distributed by hand.

Interview with Herbert Zillinger

Hello Herbert!


What would you say your winery and your wines stand for?

Herbert Zillinger: We stand for lively, very puristic wines that reflect the grape variety, origin, soil and climatic conditions (i.e. terroir) in a completely unadulterated and unvarnished way.


What makes a great wine for you? Or what is important to you personally in a wine?

Herbert Zillinger: Above all, a great wine is a wine that has a lasting impact on us. In our opinion, a great wine must also have a powerful body, liveliness and, above all, perfect balance. These are mostly wines from artisanal farmers whose soils are healthy and vital.


Does climate change influence your viticulture and does this also change things in your work?

Herbert Zillinger: Climate change is a constant concern for us, and of course we are worried about it. However, we know that with our biodynamic way of working we are perfectly equipped against weather extremes, and that we can thus also make a small contribution to combating the climate catastrophe.


What made you go in the direction of organic/biodynamic/natural wine?

Herbert Zillinger: We wanted to practise a form of agriculture that was not based on the expense of others (health of soils, environment, employees,...). As our trust in nature increased, we noticed that supposed problems suddenly disappeared and a balance increasingly emerged that was reflected in all areas of daily life (professional as well as private). Perfectly balanced grapes allow us to take a completely purist approach to vinification, which in turn brings us closer to our ideal of an unadulterated, honest wine.