lars neumeister bei fair and green pflanzenschutz

FAIR’N GREEN deepens cooperation with Lars Neumeister

FAIR'N GREEN deepens the cooperation with pesticide experts Lars Neumeister

Since 2014 the FAIR and GREEN e.V. association cooperates successfully with the pesticide expert Lars Neumeister, publisher of the “Pesticides Black list” for Greenpeace. More recently Mr. Neumeister is also a member of the association's advisory board and advises wineries on questions of sustainable plant protection.
Within the framework of FAIR'N GREEN, the association works with Mr. Neumeister on a modern method (Toxic Load Indicator) to evaluate and compare the potentially harmful effects of plant protection products to humans and the environment. The aim of this approach is to minimize the input of environmental toxins and to protect consumers as well as operators from negative environmental effects. FAIR'N GREEN is successfully pursuing an innovative method for the optimization of plant protection. It can be applied by all wineries, no matter which development level they are currently applying. The use of the Toxic Load Indicator allows a neutral comparison of biological and conventional plant protection. It is found that the biologically-operating wineries mostly achieve very low toxicity assessments. However, it is also shown that even nominally conventional wineries, can achieve a very low toxicity value, if managed which are competent and environmentally friendly. Due to the overall average toxicity of the copper supplements used in organic cultivation, it is possible that some 'conventional' wineries even fall below this value.
Therefore, FAIR'N GREEN is consciously working with modern ecologically operating as well as and modern 'conventional' operating wineries. The association does not believe in the sole comparison or distinction, biological vs. conventional handling, especially in the field of plant protection.
It is no longer up-to-date. Agriculture in general and viticulture in particular, must change in order to make its contribution to environmental and climate protection.
By analyzing the plant protection products used, the members of FAIR'N GREEN receive concrete indications to ensure that their plant protection is as environmentally friendly as possible. An indicator for the success of the new method is the adaption to improved spray sequences to be achieved normally within a year.

Lars Neumeister:

"FAIR'N GREEN demonstrates how pesticide reduction can take place in best practice. Herbicides are no longer supposed to be used in vineyards that can be reached mechanically. The Toxic Load Indicator shows potential improvements and serves as the yardstick for continuous advancement in the wine-growing business."
Further information on the topic of plant protection at FAIR'N GREEN can be found in the standard for sustainable viticulture of the FAIR and GREEN e.V. This prohibits, among other things, the use of all such substances, which prove to be particularly dangerous for humans and the environment. The analysis of the pesticide expert Lars Neumeister is decisive for the classification of plant protection products. Other organization such as the pesticide action network PAN, the WWF or Greenpeace work with the same criteria.




Zusammensetzung des Toxic Load Indicators

Compilation of the Toxic Load Indicator



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Sustainable Wine from Vinyard Meyer Näkel Germany

Wine Estate Meyer – Näkel Ahr

“Sustainability is a key term for our generation, for only with sustainable management in social, ecological and economic fields we are able to secure the viticulture, wine cultural landscape and therefore our livelihood and those of future generations!”


Weingut Meyer-Näkel

Ahr, Germany

The Meyer-Näkel vineyard in Dernau has already existed for five generations and has traditionally cultivated with passion and an uncompromisingly awareness for quality wines, mainly red. 90 percent of the 18 hectares wine growing area are planted with Pinot noir and Frühburgunder that grow on the steep, slate shaped sitings of the Mittelahr.

The Meyer-Näkel Burgundy wines are characterised by their minerality and elegance. The easily warmed and rich of skeletal material soils mould the character of the wines: they are mineral, fruity and lasting and have a well balanced tannin structure. The philosophy of family Näkel has always been to preserve the specific terroir of the wines and to bring out its full potential.

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Wine Estate Domaine Pfister

“We are operating in viniculture for eight generations. It is important for us to maintain our culture, Savoir-Faire, the nature and our soil. We want to ensure that that topic continues. Sustainability is a worldwide goal which is reached more easily and quicker in exchange with internatinal colleagues than alone - and FAIR N'GREEN is the right system to reach it. The approach is innovative, all pillars of sustainability are considered and measured. Each part of the value chain is considered: the wine grower, the staff, the customer and most of all the nature! Vive FAIR'N GREEN” - Mélanie Pfister, winer maker in 8th generation


Domaine Pfister

Alsace, France

Domaine Pfister is an old, family run winery from Dahlenheim, Alsace, France. It is run today by the family, in todays 8th generation, since 1780. Some of todays Domaine Pfisters vineyards date back as far as 884, when they were first mentioned by the abbey Saint-Michel de Honau. About a millenium later, in 1985, the vineyard Scharrachberg was classified as Grand Cru.

The Grand Cru Engelberg is located at the southern slopes of Scharrachberg, on an altitude between 250 and 300 meters above sealevel. The vineyard is devided into two seperate parts by an abandoned limestone quarry. The majority of the vineyards are located in the eastern part of the Grand Cru area, where the soil is calcareous, shallow and contains marl as well as arenite.

For more information visit:

André Pfister et sa fille Mélanie
53, rue Principale


Wine estate Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch – Erben Müller Burggraef

"The holistic concept of FAIR' GREEN is convincing. It does not only consider sustainability aspects of the work within the vineyards but also the respect towards nature and the community. To me, FAIR'N GREEN is an important additive to our selfobligation of ecological viniculture. In combination, it helps us to preserve the cultural landscape for future generations to come."

Barbara Rundquist-Müller, Inhaberin

Wine estate Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch - Erben Müller Burggraef

Moselle, Deutschland

By admitting the wine estate Witwe Dr. Thanisch - Erben Müller Burggraef, FAIR'N GREEN welcomes another renowend winery from the Moselle. The eponymous vineyard "Bernkasteler Doctor" belongs to the best vineyards in the world and often mentioned in the same breath as Romanée-Conti (DRC) in Burgundy. It is definitely among the top vineyards in Germany. On an area of 14.25 hectares, the winery majorly produces Riesling in steep vineyards.

In 2007, Mrs. Barbara Rundquist-Müller bought the wine estate. She is the niece of Margit Müller-Burggraef, the grand daughter of eponymous Dr. Hugo Thanisch. Alongside her husband Erik and their two sons, Mrs. Rundquist-Müller leads the winery true to the motto: "Tradition and Innovation".

Managing director of the winery is Maximilian Ferger, a sympatic wine maker who first wanted to be a veterinary surgeon but reconsidered and decided to start studying wine making at the university of Geisenheim. He works at the winery Witwe Dr. Thanisch - Erben Müller Burggraef since 2008 and produces, not only top-notch Riesling, but also Pinot Noir, as he has known them from his apprenticeship in austrias wine region of Burgenland.

Lately, the winery built a new cellar, which oversees most of the vineyard and invites the visitor to a magnificent view over the whole Moselle area. Aspects of sustainability were included in the choice of building materials and guarantees high energy efficiency. Furthermore, rainwater reservoirs and compensational areas for boosting biodiversity are included as well.

The winery is a member of the FAIR'N GREEN association since 2015 and seeks an additional certification according to EU-Bio Standart, which is generally suported by FAIR'N GREEN. We are more than happy to welcome this renowned winery in our association.


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Wine Estate Berger

"FAIR'N GREEN is the right system to promote and establish sustainability in viniculture. It is important to me to create a positive and pleasent environment for my family and my employees. I want to consign a well structured and future oriented winery to my children.  - Erich Berger

Wine Estate and Guesthouse Berger

Kremstal, Austria

Wine Estate and Guesthouse berger

The family-run winery Berger is situated in the austrian Kremstal area and operates about 20 ha of vineyards. They majorly grow white wine, especially Grüner Veltliner, Riesling and yellow muscatel, but also a few hectares of red wine.

A specialty of the estate is the guesthouse, in which visitors can rest after a long journey or stay for a getaway. The winery is managed by Erich Berger, whose whole family is working in the estate. The winery is a member of the FAIR'N GREEN association since 2016.

Erich Berger: "FAIR'N GREEN is the right system to promote and establish sustainability in viniculture. It is important to me to create a positive and pleasent environment for my family and my employees. I want to consign a well structured and future oriented winery to my children.  


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Wine Estate Wohlmuth

FAIR'N GREEN has convinced us with the holistic approach. Not only does it include the work in the vineyard, but also the procedures in the cellar, the marketing and after all, the social aspects. By participating in the FAIR'N GREEN association, we have obligated ourselves to measurably increase our performance towards sustainability in all of these aspects.

- Gerhard Wohlmuth Sen.

Wine Estate Wohlmuth

Steiermark, Österreich

Wine  Estate Wohlmuth

For more than 200 years, the Wohlmuth family produces wine in the austrian state of Steiermark. Among their most important grape varieties are Sauvignon Blanc and Yellow Muscatel, which is grown more than 500m above sealevel in steep vineyards.

The whole family is involved in the business which nowadays managed by Gerhard Wohlmuth Junior. The winery is member of  FAIR'N GREEN since 2016.

Gerhard Wohlmuth Senior:
"FAIR'N GREEN has convinced us with the holistic approach. Not only does it include the work in the vineyard, but also the procedures in the cellar, the marketing and after all, the social aspects. By participating in the FAIR'N GREEN association, we have obligated ourselves to measurably increase our performance towards sustainability in all of these aspects."


Two times Gerhard Wohlmuth: Junior and Senior







For more information:
Gerhard + Maria Wohlmuth
A-8441 Fresing 24
Südsteiermark - Österreich
Telefon: +43 / (0) 3456 2303
Fax: +43 / (0) 3456 2121



Wine Estate Braunewell

"Our attitude and behaviour has always been sustainability driven. It was therefore logical to show our ambitious work through a strong label. FAIR'N GREEN is the holistic approach within the wine sector that we want to pursuit in the future."

Wine Estate Braunewell

Winery Braunewell is a member of FAIR'N GREEN for a shot time. The family-run winery in Rhinehesse is led by the brothers Stefan and Christian Braunewell and is know for their red and white wines, as well as its multifaceted sprakling wine. In the current Gault Millau the winery is awarded with 3 out of 5 grapes. In the renowned wine guide Eichelmann it receives 3.5 out of 5 stars.

For a few years, sustainability is a well known topic in the winery and has been developed through self emplyes initiatives. In cooperation with the FAIR'N GREEN association the winery is able to further increase its sustainability measures and share its experiences with the associates.


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Künstler Winery

"I'm with FAIR'N GREEN because it's a realistic, authentic and honest certificate - oriented towards the future: It shows the consumer true sustainability of the producers!" - Gunter Künstler

Künstler Winery

Like many wineries the Künstler wine estate is looking back at a long history but dating back to the year 1648 is indeed impressive. Since the middle of the 17th century the family grows wine, however only since after the Second World War in the Rheingau of western Germany. A significant period of the wineries' history is set in South Moravia, the most imporant wine- growing region of former Czechoslovakia. This may be the reason why we today find wines such as the Grüne Veltliner among the grape portfolio of the winery, which is more common in Austria oder Czechoslovakia than german wine growing regions. After the end of the Second World War the family had to leave South Mähren and settled in the Rheingau instead. The father of todays owner and manager, Gunter Künstler, worked as manager for severeal wineries in the region before (re)opening his own estate in 1965. Since 1988 Gunter Künstler takes charge for the development of the winery. In 1994 the winery was accepted into the VDP, german association for premium wineries. Since 2016 it is a member of FAIR'N GREEN and certified accordingly to the sustainability standard.

Get in contact with the winery:

Geheimrat-Hummel-Platz 1a
65239 Hochheim am Main
Tel. +49 (0) 6146 - 83860
fax. +49 (0) 6146 - 7335



ProWein Report

In this year FAIR'N GREEN has been present as exhibitor at the fair ProWein. The aim was to introduce the system for sustainable wine. Due to the location a lot of visitors could be informed about sustainability. We got to know different visitors like winegrowers,  dealers and other persons from the wine industry. Some of the visitors were curious because they had seen the logo at a members place. In total 21 of our members were at the fair as exhibitors.

We are looking forward to the cooperation and we hope to welcome the first new members soon.



Wine Estate Horcher

"There is no 'whatever'. Every working step has to be logical. Therefore we trust in FAIR'N GREEN as modern system for sustainable viniculture."

The history of the wine estate Horcher starts in 2005: Herbert Betle, the master chef, purchases a vinery in Kallstadt. Furhtermore he named a restaurant after the famous restaurant Horcher in Berlin. The restaurant Horcher has been the most famous restaurant in the first part of the last centurary. He named not only the restaurant but also the vinery with this famous name. 

From beginning Herbert Betle has been working together with the winemaker Wolfgang Grün. He completed different internship in Austria, Spain, South Africa, the USA, Chile and Australia. The two men did a great job to make the vinery a modern business.

The vineyards are located in a one of the warmest regions of Germany which has also very low precipitation. The climatic conditions give the wines a flair of the mediterranean area. The harvest is totally done by hand. Due to the wine guide Eichelmann the vinery is one of the top thirty vineries of palantine. The vinery is member of Fair and Green e.V. since the end of 2014.


Wine Estate Horcher

Wine Estate Horcher:

Freinsheimer Str. 86a
67169 Kallstadt/Weinstraße