The Miracle Soil
The soil thinks. It feels. And it is intelligent. It contains the consciousness of the earth! This isn’t just a philosophical approach to the most important resource of humans and animals. It can be observed in nature.
Over billions of years, beginning with simple plants (mosses) and then, finally, animals formed the soil through weathered minerals. Complex processes that tell of living and dying. Soil – the basis of all life.
In a handful of healthy soil, there are billions of inhabitants, plants (soil flora) and animals (soil fauna). They ensure that new soil is formed again and again and that nutrients are available for the plants.
As respect-BIODYN farmers, what do we do to ensure that this system is not disturbed and always continues? We feed the soil life!
Green manure – The soil must always be protected. This protection is provided by plants. Diverse green cover gives shade, attracts insects and offers protection for worms and beetles. And with mowing, mineralisation and humification is triggered. Through this, new soil is formed and nutrients are made available. Clovers (legumes) pull in nitrogen from the atmosphere. Also flax (linseed), buckwheat, crimson clover, marigold, cornflower and other plants provide a wonderful landscape that is attractive not only to insects.
Compost – comprised of organic material from the surrounding environment. Shrub and grass cuttings, and dung from horses, sheep and cows. Also grape pomace and stalks from the vineyard. This is our self-produced fertiliser. The material matures in compost heaps for six to nine months before it is spread over the soil in autumn. The happy worms pull the mature humus together with the fallen leaves and the rotting green manures into the deeper soil layers. In autumn and winter, when plants and animals are at rest, there is much happening below the surface. It‘s time for the soil to build up.
Compost tea – compost bacteria are needed to support soil building and restructuring. In a special compost tea barrel, the bacteria of the mature compost are multiplied with the help of sugar (molasses), oxygen, minerals and rock flour, and then sprayed onto the soil.This improves the compost processes in the soil.
Field spray preparation 500 – the biodynamic horn manure arranges and “guides” these processes. The horn manure preparation could be described as a kind of compost concentrate enriched with the consciousness of the earth and the emotions of the farmer. While the effect cannot be measured directly, it has been proven in countless field trials in agriculture. Clearly recognisable is the more balanced growth of the vines and the achievement of healthy, physiological ripeness of the grapes.
Wine Guide “Rot & Süß 2021”
Seeberg Alte Reben Trockenbeerenauslese 2019 scored 98 out of 100 points and ranked on 1st place in the category Beerenauslese, Trockenbeerenauslese, Ice wine, straw wine.
Wine Enthusiast Advanced Buying Guide
issue February/March 2021
LOIMER Langenlois Seeberg Riesling 2018 – 97 points
“Ripe red apple, dried orange peel and sundried hay come together and make for a most resonant, appetizing nose. The palate has a gorgeously creamy, smooth texture, like melting, ripe red-apple flesh, that is outlined by the soaring purity of citrus oil. What a wonderfully concentrated, textured and individual wine. What effortless balance, what smooth, balm-like yet fresh joy.”
LOIMER Langenlois Käferberg Grüner Veltliner 2018 – 96 points
“Notes of chalky earth and wet moss immediately lend resonance and wild freshness on nose. On the palate, several elements come alive. At first a bright, zesty notion of citrus and apple peel freshness, then a beautifully textured mouthfeel that is mouthwatering and juicy, followed by gorgeous Mirabelle fruit and a savory note reminiscent of peppery, salty miso paste. The finish is an aura of clean, almost luminous freshness.”
Pruning – The Winemaker’s Craft
A cold day in January. The vineyard is in hibernation. Nothing grows, nothing moves. Nothing? Well, that’s not true. Between the Winter solstice in December and the meterological beginning of Spring at the beginning of March, the vine is in absolute Winter dormancy – which is why these weeks are ideal for pruning.
Reserve materials. After the grapes have ripened and been harvested, the vine still has sufficient time to store nutrients into the old wood and its root system. This guarantees an adequate maturity of the wood. That takes time – and we give it. Our vines are therefore quiet in November and December. They store reserve materials in order to be prepared for a healthy and powerful start at the beginning of May.
That’s why we begin cutting in January, after the Epiphany (Feast of the Three Kings) holiday. And we want to be finished by the beginning of March at the latest. The cutting back of the shoots is the most intense vine intervention and must be done very carefully; the vine is not able to close large wounds over with tissue (callus) like, for example, an apple tree does. Large wounds remain open and dry deep into the cane, which allows the entry of fungi and diseases.
We prune only by hand, cleanly and precisely, and only one- and two-year-old wood so that the wounds stay small and dry out quickly. In addition, we leave “respect wood” – some wood over the last eye (bud) so that the natural drying process doesn’t cause any damage. We try to give the cane shape and structure, and respect the natural flow of sap.
“Gentle Pruning” – is the name of this method, which was developed in Friuli by Marco Simonit and Piercarlo Sirch. The model was based on old training systems such as Stockkultur in Austria and Albarello and Gobelet in the Mediterranean region. The knowledge and art of the old winemakers have been applied; pruning is a craft once again.
Spur/ Cordon and Spur / Bow are the variants we use for our vine pruning. Depending on the variety and vineyard site, we make careful decisions in order to find the best training method for the vines. The intensity of the “cutting back” is actually decided by the vine, because each vine has its own growth mode and the pruner must be attunded to this in order not to overwhelm or underchallenge the vine.
And the vines thank us for this. They grow more evenly, remain healthier and more resilient, and thrive to become healthy old vines. They also are known for making the best wine.
Falstaff Kamptal DAC Cup 2020
Gourmetwelten – Riedencup Rot 2020
Vinum – Europe´s Wine Magazine
Sightseeing flight through our vineyards
Video zur Verfügung gestellt von Wine Dron / Aitor Menchaca
Decanter World Wine Awards: Gold for Extra Brut Reserve
Langenlois Große Reserve 2013 – best sparkling wine of Vinaria-sparkling wine tasting
Our sparkling wine “Langenlois Große Reserve 2013 Blanc de blancs Brut Nature” ranked with 17.3 points on the first place of sparkling wine tasting (Vinaria issue (04/2020).
Kamptal Riesling 2019, Kamptal DAC convinced at Die Presse tasting for wines up to 12 € with an outstanding price performance ratio.
Tasting note: Bright yellow, spring-like scent of meadow flowers, dried lemon zest and fresh apricots; sparkling clean fruit, limes, oranges, excellent drinking flow, lively acidity, elegant fruit extract that lingers for a long time, excellent variety.
Extra Brut emerged as the winner in the “sparkling wine” category with 93 points.
94 points for Ried Käferberg Grüner Veltliner 2017
“A very shy nose gives a faint hint of dandelion blossom and butter. The palate continues with this rounded, ripe and smooth theme, bringing out even more butteriness but also a textured counterbalance of pithy concentration that tingles on the tongue with pepper and hay notes. Both citrus and rounded butteriness unite for a lasting, mellow, rich finish.”
95 points for Ried Heiligenstein Riesling 2017
“Yeasty, reductive funk still dominates the nose and lets none of the fruit shine through—but is nonetheless promising. The mellow palate also showcases yeasty notes, but here they are salty and textural, mixed in with an apple and lemon freshness that draws attention to the concentration on the creamy, textured palate. This is a wine that still needs to come out of its shell, but what lies in wait is racy, zesty and interesting.”
Zöbing Ried Heiligenstein Riesling 2017 and Langenlois Ried Steinmassl Riesling 2017 achieved in the guide “ÖTW Erste Lagen 2019” (Issue 11/2019 Vinum Magazine) 19 out of 20 possible points!