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Weingut Söllner, Austria – Toni Söllner and Daniela Vigne

May 2, 2012

I grew up with wine and agriculture and I love my work.  I started 1989 with one vineyard from my parents. In 1995, I met my wife Dani – and since then we’ve done organic farming using biodynamic preparations.

In our vineyards we create a diverse habitat. In between the vine rows and beneath the vines, we grow various herbs, legumes, flowering plants etc., while, at the same time, the existent wild flora is not destroyed. We trigger the biological activity of our land by using biodynamic compounds. Biodynamic cultivation means that, with the use of vegetal substances, water is made dynamic and this water is used for the fields, especially for the plants. To dynamize, we intensely stir the water. The water thereby absorbs the effects of the ingredients and we obtain – just as in homeopathy – astonishing results for the soil and plants. We also use a fennel compound to keep mildew off the vines. Our land is fertilized, if necessary, with slowly rotting compost made from horse and cow droppings mixed with vine remnants.

On the terraces around Gösing, we have large, coherent areas with vines on Hengstberg, Fumberg, Berg Eisenhut, at Bründlgraben, Gsang and Himmelreich. In total  we use around 15 ha, where we grow the whites Grüner Veltliner, Roter Veltliner, and Riesling; and the red wine vines St. Laurent,  Blauer Zweigelt (a cross of St. Laurent and Blaufränkisch) and a very little bit of Cabernet, as well as a few experimental sorts. Our vines grow 250-350 m above sea level, with hot temperatures during the daytime and cold nights due to the proximity to tree-covered Manhartsberg.

The maintenance of the vines requires a lot of sensitivity and patience. We need vital vines – but these only grow on a healthy soil. We maintain and support this health through careful ecologic farming by means of bio-dynamic agriculture. This way, we can make our vines reflect the Wagram terrain, and our wines mirror the “scent of the soil”.

Also, we run a biodynamic farm on 30 ha of fields. As we don’t regard ourselves solely as wine-growers, but also as farmers, we will keep running the farm and possibly even extend it. At this time, we produce wheat, rye, peas, barley, fennel, sunflowers, clover and various seeds for our plant-growing in the vineyards – such as spices and herbs – in a 6-year-sequence.  We produce fodder and straw for our sheep and goats, and for horses in the village. In turn, we get valuable sheep, goat and horse droppings for our compost.

website: www.weingut-soellner.at

 

 

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