At this year’s ProWein, Fair’n Green was present for the first time with a proper joint stand for members of the label for sustainable wine. We are excited about the interest and many visitors to the stand, the co-exhibitors and the Fair’n Green tasting zone. The event “Can you taste sustainability”, in which Prof. Dominik Durner and Peer F. Holm tasted four Fair’n Green wines, was also particularly well attended.
From 17th to the 19th of March, the leading gathering of wine professionals and enthusiasts worldwide will be taking place in Düsseldorf for the twenty-fifth time - and of course Fair'n Green will be represented again. After many successful years as an exhibitor at the fair, we are taking the next step this year: for the first time we organized a large joint booth together with some of some of our member companies. We would be delighted if you would visit us and our members in hall 13 at booth E124 / F124!
Visit the following sustainable winemakers at the FAIR'N GREEN stand at Hall 13 / E124:
- Wein- und Sektgut Bamberger (Nahe)
- Weingut Emil Bauer & Söhne (Pfalz)
- Weingut Berger (Kremstal)
- Weingut Birkert (Württemberg)
- Horcher Wein (Pfalz)
- Kellerei Wilhelm Kern (Württemberg)
- Weingut Philipp Kuhn (Pfalz)
- Weingut Lubentiushof (Mosel)
- Weingut Neiss (Pfalz)
- Weingut Baron Di Pauli (Südtirol)
- Weingut Karl Pfaffmann (Pfalz)
- Weingut Egon Schmitt (Pfalz)
On Monday at 3 pm, the President of the Sommelier Union Germany, Peer Holm, together with Prof. Dr. med. Dominik Durner from Weincampus Neustadt asks: "Can you taste sustainability?" Using the example of four selected wines, the facets of sustainability are examined and discussed in detail. We are looking forward to your visit. Registration for the event is not required.
Please check out the Facebook-Event here.
In addition, many other FAIR'N GREEN companies are also represented at ProWein. You can visit them at the following stands and taste their wines:
- Domaine Pfister (Elsass) Halle 11 Stand F18
- Weingut Kirsten Schlossgut Liebieg (Mosel) Halle 13 Stand A75
- Weingut Reverchon (Mosel) Halle 13 Stand A90
- Weingut Witwe Dr. H. Thanisch – Erben Müller-Burggraef (Mosel) Halle 13 Stand C81
- Weingut Karl Pfaffmann (Pfalz) Halle 14 Stand A22
- Weingut Blankenhorn (Baden) Halle 14 Stand A49
- Weingut Scherr (Pfalz) Halle 14 Stand B44
- Weingut Siener (Pfalz) Halle 14 Stand C02
- Weingut Georg Breuer (Rheingau) Halle 14 Stand C89
- Weingut Prinz Salm (Nahe) Halle 14 Stand C89
- Weingut Braunewell (Rheinhessen) Halle 14 Stand D39
- Weingut Jung & Knobloch (Rheinhessen) Halle 14 Stand D39
- Weingut Mario Zelt (Pfalz) Halle 14 Stand D40
- Weingut Künstler (Rheingau) Halle 14 Stand E40
- Weingut Dönnhoff (Nahe) Halle 14 Stand E46
- Weingut Nik Weis – St. Urbans-Hof (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E50
- Weingut Heymann-Löwenstein (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E50
- Weingut Clemens Busch (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E50
- Weingut Haart (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E50
- Weingut Karthäuserhof (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E50
- Weingut von Othegraven (Mosel) Halle 14 Stand E60
- Weingut Schloss Sommerhausen (Franken) Halle 14 Stand E60
- Weingut Meyer-Näkel (Ahr) Halle 14 Stand E66
- Rotweingut Jean Stodden (Ahr) Halle 14 Stand E66
- Weingut Nelles (Ahr) Halle 14 Stand E66
- Cantina Kaltern (Südtirol) Halle 15 Stand G71
- Weingut Thomas Leithner (Kamptal) Halle 17 Stand B10
- Weingut Wohlmuth (Steiermark) Halle 17 Stand C42
"We spare no effort nor make any compromise in our striving to create outstanding wines of character. Vineyard yields are reduced to a minimum so that the vines can concentrate their entire strength in just a few grapes that are then picked by hand. Our highly motivated team shares not just our passion for wine, but also our desire for perfection."
Wine Estate Baron di Pauli
The wine estate Baron Di Pauli consists of two wine farms: the “Arzenhof” in Caldaro and the “Höfl unterm Stein” in Söll near Tramin.
The 10.5-hectare Arzenhof is located above the Kalterer Lake in a perfect location for red wine growing. The vineyards of the estate are located 250 to 400 m above sea level on a southeastern slope. The wines “Kalkofen”, “Carano” and “Arzio” are cultivated in these special vineyards.
The estate "Höfl unterm Stein" with its 4.5 hectares of vineyards is located in Söll above Tramin. On the south-east slope, which is between 480 and 550 m high, the white grape varieties find ideal conditions on strong, loamy limestone gravel soils. The wines "Enosi", "Exilissi" and "Exilissi Sell" come from these locations.
In addition to its wine production, the estate also maintains apartments that invite you to linger on the idyllic Lake Caldaro.
The winery Baron Di Pauli is one of the most traditional wine-growing businesses in South Tyrol. The winery has existed for over 300 years and supplied among other things already the court of the Austrian Empire as well as the Tsar's court in St. Petersburg.
The family from Carano in Val Di Fiemme settled in Caldaro in the 18th century. The name Di Pauli quickly became associated with the town of Kaltern am See. For a period of 25 years, even the entire Lake Kaltern was owned by the Di Pauli family, until it was bought by the municipality of Kaltern in 1901.
From Baron Pius Di Pauli (97), the administration of the winery went to Dr. Ing. Carl Philipp Baron Hohenbühel a few years ago. He was also responsible for the merger with Cantina Kellerei Kaltern in 1998. There, the winery produces wines for the premium segment of the cooperative.
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"Small-scale viticulture has been practiced in Caldaro for centuries. Fair'n Green supports us in our endeavor to create the necessary conditions for this and to preserve it in the future. "
Tobias Zingerle, Managing Director
The winery Cantina Kaltern was born from the merger of the original four local cellar cooperatives. In 1986, the "Erste Kellerei" and the "Neue Kellerei" (founded in 1900 and 1925) had joined to form the winery "Erste + Neue". In 1992, the other two wineries - the “Bauernkellerei” and the “Jubiläumskellerei” (founded in 1906 and 1908) - formed the Kellerei Kaltern. In 2016, the merger of Erste+Neue and Cantina Kaltern lead to today's “Kellerei Cantina Kaltern”.
There are about 1000 winegrowers In caldaro. The majority of them have less than one hectare of land. The Cantina Kaltern itself has 650 members with a total vineyard area of 471 hectares. 3.4 million bottles of red and white wine are produced each year.
Many of the member companies maintain in addition to the vineyards also apartments or guest rooms.
Many vineyards of Cantina Caldaro have been family owned for a long time. The formerly common division among several heirs led to a strong fragmentation in many small wine plots. Processing and marketing the harvest on its own is no longer economical here. Nevertheless, these areas continue to be managed. For this reason, a large part of the winemakers Kalterns is organized cooperatively. Here, the members are not only pure suppliers, but co-owners of the winery.
Most of the members of the cooperative are not winegrowers or winegrowers in the main occupation, but carry out another professional activity. However, they devote part of the working time or their free time to the vineyards. Frequently, the entire family is included, as many jobs in the vineyard are done by hand. The members of the cooperative are professionally assisted by agronomists and oenologists and supported and trained in viticultural matters.
The cooperative system is not only an important economic factor in Caldaro, but also a social triple point in the city. Numerous social activities - such as wine festivals or cultural events - are initiated, planned and carried out through the cooperative. The Kellerei Kaltern is thus an important social player for the town and the entire region.
The sustainability principle
For a historically grown and locally rooted wine cooperative, sustainability plays a crucial role on many levels. This starts with the cooperative's business model, in which every member is also the owner of the winery. The ecological sustainability is strengthened by targeted measures of the winery and the members: it is, for example, much more efficient and thus resource-efficient to process the grapes of the city in a central winery instead of four different smaller wineries. In the course of a comprehensive modernization, the cellars and operating buildings of Cantina Kaltern were recently rebuilt and extensively modernized.
Regular training courses, joint meetings and vineyard visits with wine and environmental consultants are organized for the members of the cooperative. In order to achieve a high quality of grapes, all members must adhere to the commonly defined rules. At the same time, training is also being provided to promote biodiversity and environmentally-friendly plant protection. The work in the vineyard is documented and externally reviewed.
In addition, Cantina Kaltern supports and promotes the small member businesses and thus actively contributes to the preservation of a unique cultural landscape on Lake Caldaro.
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The vinery “Zum Sternen”
The winery “Zum Sternen” in Aargau dates back to the 13th century in its long history. It has been managed by the Meier family for many generations. It also runs a guest house on the grounds of the company and maintains the most renowned and largest vine nursery in Switzerland on the vineyards of the winery. The vineyard Meier supplies with its own selection and trial all Swiss wine regions and neighboring countries with young grapes.
The winery “Zum Sternen” only processes its own harvest. In the geologically diverse and climatically preferred lower Aare valley, the various terroirs offer the classic grape varieties the chance to grow on ideal soil. In the vineyard of the winery, the visitor can get to know more than 200 species from all over the world.
The winery has a modern stylish wine cellar building: the “Sternentrotte”. This facility has been adapted to the well thought-out workflow of the winery, which allows vinification using gravity. The building also has an elegant sensory room with its own small wine lab.
For conferences and seminars, the Weingut “Zum Sternen” provides a modern conference room with good seminar infrastructure in the Villa Lang.
The estate manages a variety of vineyards in Aaargau. The most prominent of these is the deep vineyard of the former monastery Sion in Klingnau. Wines from Würrelingen are characterized by beautiful fruit flavors and rich-soft palate fullness. The grape varieties grown on the vineyards are: Riesling-Silvaner, Sauvignon-Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Malbec.
A special feature of the winery is the star cellar. This 130m long vault is still from the original medieval plant. In this wine cellar, the selected wines of the winery mature in 90 containers, including aging in oak barrels.
Some Pinot Noir of the winery were added to the treasury of Swiss wine.
Since 1995, Andreas and Manuel Meier manage the companies “Weingut Zum Sternen” and “Rebschule Meier”, which have joined together to form a limited partnership. In 2000, the cellar was more than doubled and a tank system with temperature control was installed. The “Villa lang”, the first building for the Rebveredlung, has been renovated and converted into an event room. Most recently, a new construction of the wine processing facility was built in 2012, the “Star Trotte”.
Location of the winery “Zum Sternen”
The winery was mentioned in documents under the name Nellis in 1479. From the local interest index it is mentioned that Peter Nelis is the tenant of a “wyngartz at the buysch portzen”. For this property an unusually high interest rate was paid to the lords of the castle “Landskrone”. Then as now it is an excellent vineyard. For the date of the documentary mention is still the brand name 1479N. Thomas Nelles has been running the business since the 1970s. He is supported by his son Philip. The company is a member of the VDP.
The winery Nelles is managed by Thomas and Philipp Nelles. It covers 8.5 hectares of vineyards, mostly steep slopes with a slope of more than 30%. Here, the grape varieties Spätburgunder, Frühburgunder, Domina, Riesling and Pinot Gris are cultivated to the highest quality level. Since the 80s, the house sells the two premium wines”B48″ and “B52”.
The vineyards are located in the best vineyard locations of the climatically particularly mild lower Ahr valley. The steep slate floors absorb the heat of the sun and give it back to our plants at night. So the wines are so rich, strong and full-bodied.
The vineyard consists of greywacke and slate. The roots of the vines penetrate many meters deep into the rock. This favors a deep, mineral taste. The wines of this location are characterized by a very good shelf life.
This location has Devon schist and volcanic rock as underground. Above is a dense loess pad. Here are wines with fullness and body, but also a lot of elegance and fruitiness.
The geologically very young sandstone in Neuenahr with its many fossil inclusions comes from the ice age. The location has an intact fauna. So there is a specius of wild bees, which is unique in Europe and protected. Powerful and bodily wines with opulent fruitiness grow on this vineyard.
Gentle management of the vineyard
For fertilization, large quantities of manure, straw and other organic humus substances are used. This almost eliminates mineral fertilization. By mulching the weeds in the vineyards, the farm also improves the humus content and soil life in the vineyards.
Only plant treatment agents are used that protect beneficial organisms. Thus, the balance is preserved in nature and you get the natural enemies of the pests. To reduce the yield, fewer fruit buds are cut during the winter cut.
In our wine cellar brilliant Pinot Noir with a silky soft fragrance is created. The white wines of the winery convince by a harmonious acidity and pleasant fruitiness. This is not least the result of the particularly gentle processing in the wine cellar.
The grapes are completely destemmed before fermentation. This means they are processed without stem and stems. So the wine becomes tender and velvety. In addition, there is no heating of the grapes. The winery relies on traditional mash fermentation to preserve the typical expression of Ahr wines. One sets in the expansion on natural self-clarification. It takes a little longer, but it is gentler on the wines.
There are no fining agents used. This would remove minerals and other important wine ingredients. To give some wines stability, ground rock flour is used.
All wines are separated according to grape variety in oak barrels and the best red wines filled if possible without filtration on bottles.
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The family winery Kirsten is surrounded by steep slopes on the Moselle. , Everything began with some vineyards in Klüsserath - of which there is a parcel in the Klüsserather Brotherhood Moselfront. From a small farm has become a renowned steep vineyard through him.
The total of more than 14 hectares of vineyards spread over 70 parcels of the winery lined up along the Moselle and are located in the places Klüsserath, Pölich, Mehring, Longuich and Köwerich. More than 14 varieties of wine are cultivated in this area, including Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and three different types of sparkling wine.
Since 1992, the company is run by Bernhard Kirsten and his wife.
Bernhard Kirsten made his first experiments with organic farming in 2007.
The company relies on spontaneous fermentation. Only with dry wines, which do not ferment to end, pure breeding yeasts are added.
The winery has produced some premium wines in recent years, e.g. the Riesling "1904", "Geldern pur", "Herzstück" and the "Heldensekt". In particular, the sparkling wine is characterized by a precision that is by no means common on the Moselle.
The winery relies primarily on dry wines. Only the harvest from the Pölicher Held serves to produce sweet wines and sparkling wine.
The winery has no contiguous vineyards, but maintains a few isolated small plots in the best vineyards around Klüsserath.
These are located on the following locations:
- Klüsserather Bruderschaft
- Köwericher Lauretiuslay
- Pölicher Held
- Mehringer Zellerberg
- Longuicher Maximer Herrenberg
- Longuicher Dicke Kuh
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The estate Bamberger for still and sparkling wine is located in Meddersheim an der Nahe. For generations the family cultivates grapes in excellent steep slopes. the Monzinger Frühlingsberg, the Meddersheimer Altenberg and the Meddersheimer Rheingrafenberg. Heiko Bamberger and his wife Ute run the business in which young and old work hand in hand on the 15 hectares of vineyards. The highest vineyards are at almost 300 m over NN. The highlight of the collection is the Winzersekt, which is made according to the traditional method. Enormous passion and perfectionist ambitions put Bambergers into sparkling wine production traditional bottle fermentation.
The champagne matures in the bottle, is up to five years on the yeast and will conscientiously be turned by hand. In 2016, the Gault Millau reported: "You can recognize the classic craft production of sparkling wine in the cellar: this is where the heart of the company beats. " Falstaff sums up: "There is something like a renaissance of sparkling wine in Germany. Someone who is co-responsible for this is Heiko Bamberger. "
In terms of viticulture Heiko relies on the classic grape varieties Riesling and Burgundy. With much care he brings from the soils of the Nahetal, which are characterized by red sandstone, quartzite and slate, wines with mineral seasoning, lots of clarity and finesse. As different as the terroir, so individual are the Wines: In the character impetuous, good or playful.
Highlighting the strengths of the wine and sparkling wine is the concern of the Bambergers. They reduced their assortment list, which sharpened their profile. Even in the external design has the Wine and Sektgut further developed: A new, authentic internet presence expresses its focus on high-profile sparkling wine and strong character wine explicitly.
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"For us, sustainability is more than lip service and has been actively pursued as a corporate goal for more than 10 years. Now we are happy to be able to make this aspiration tangible and to deepen and refine it together with FAIR'N GREEN and its members. We see our farm following the motto of our senior Manfred Birkert: "We have borrowed the land and plants from our ancestors to pass them on to the next generation". In this statement the guidelines of FAIR'N GREEN fit perfectly."
- Boris Birkert, Wine Estate Birkert
With the wine estate Birkert, the FAIR and GREEN e.V. not only gained another classic family business as a new member, but above all successfully certified the first winery in the Württemberg region. Boris Birkert took over the business from his father in 2013 and since then has consistently pursued two goals: quality and sustainability. Meanwhile, the winery cultivates about 15 hectares of vineyards, eight hectares of orchards, operates a distillery and also serves its own wine bar.
For winegrower Boris Birkert and his family, sustainability has been a matter of the heart for many years: rainwater is used in the in-house distillery for cooling, the buildings on the estate are heated with woodchips from the orchards and the own forest, organic fertilization and changing greenery provide for the vineyards healthy growth.
In the wine cellar from the year 1748, wines from the well-known single vineyards Adolzfurter Schneckenhof and Bretzfelder Goldberg mature among others. In addition to the traditional grape varieties, the Birkert estate specializes in bouquet-rich varieties such as Muskateller, Traminer and Bacchus, but also works with new varieties such as the Rotberger, a Trollinger-like red wine.
Unterheimbacher Str. 28
Tel.: (+49) 0 79 46 / 4 84
Fax : (+49) 0 79 46 / 33 78
Link to the winery: here
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The sustainability award 2018 will be given to the sustainability management system of Fair'n Green e.V. (Bonn). The prize is awarded in the “Open category” because Fair'n Green highlights all areas of a company. A jury of scientists, consultants and practitioners consulted and decided on this year’s winner. The award ceremony will take place during the opening of Agrartage 2018 on January 24, 2018 at 9:00 am in tent A2 (booth 061) of the large machinery and equipment exhibition in Nieder-Olm.
The award-winning service is a management system that applies ecological, social and economic criteria to the sustainable development of a winery and its region in all areas of a winemaking, from cultivation, oenology and marketing to business organization and management accounting. In this case, the Fair’n Green e.V. conducts life cycle assessments with independent NGOs and is well connected to the industry's research and education institutions. The certified wineries are therefore always up to date in terms of research and development in the areas of sustainability and benefit both from the company-specific assessment, but also from possible benchmarks in the industry.
The sustainability system Fair'n Green is - regardless of the current philosophy of the winery - interesting for both conventional and organic farms. The jury particularly appreciated the network idea and the exchange between member wineries, which the association cultivates. This ensures the continuous improvement process. In addition, the certification system provides a self-explanatory label that identifies wines from sustainable viticulture. A plus for the increasing demand for sustainably produced products in Germany, but also on important export markets such as the Scandinavian countries, the USA and Asia.
So far, more than 30 wineries are certified according to the guidelines of Fair'n Green. Including many well-known German wineries, who are committed to their responsibility for the environment and for subsequent generations and thus dedicate themselves openly to sustainable winemaking.
The Sustainability Award 2018 was announced for the seventh time in a row. The intention of this competition is to reward products, systems and services that promote sustainable business practices for wine companies. The jury assesses criteria of ecological and social compatibility as well as economic aspects. The competition is an initiative of the “Verein Ehemaliger Oppenheimer Fachschüler” (VEO) and the DLR Rheinhessen-Nahe-Hunsrück as the organizer of the Agrartage in Nieder-Olm together with Rheinhessenwein e.V. The prize for sustainability was advertised again this year in the categories of viticulture, oenology , marketing and the open Category. Only exhibitors from the equipment and machinery exhibition in Nieder-Olm can apply. The applications in the categories viticulture, oenology and marketing unfortunately could not convince the jury. Essential for the award are environmentally friendly, socially acceptable and economically interesting attributes, but also the practical suitability, which the jury members put to the test for every application, since the awarded products and services should be directly applicable.
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