Was würdet ihr sagen, wofür euer Weingut und eure Weine stehen?
Herbert Zillinger: A great wine is first and foremost a wine that touches us in a lasting way.
What makes a great wine for you? Or what is important to you personally in a wine?
Herbert Zillinger: A great wine is first and foremost a wine that makes a lasting impression on us. In our opinion, a great wine must also have a powerful body, a certain drinkability, liveliness and, above all, perfect balance. These are mostly wines from artisanal farmers whose soils are healthy and vital.
Does climate change have an influence on 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.