Wine Estate Birkert

"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.

Hans Maret ist Unternehmer und Eigentümer des Weinguts Reverchon

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..

Wine Estate Birkert

Weingut Birkert
Unterheimbacher Str. 28
74626 Bretzfeld


Tel.: (+49) 0 79 46 / 4 84
Fax : (+49) 0 79 46 / 33 78

Wine Estate Birkert

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Estate Bamberger

"Sustainability - the term has almost become a buzzword. But we at the wine estate Bamberger do not just want to have a say in it - we want to participate and think about sustainability. Hence being a member of Fair'n Green is a self-evident for us because this seal is all-encompassing. As comprehensive as our actions in dealing with nature, the people with whom we live and work and with profitability, risk and return. It's really simple and difficult at the same time, because it's all-encompassing." - Heiko Bamberger

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.

Wein- und Sektgut Bamberger

Wein- und Sektgut Bamberger
Heiko und Ute Bamberger
Römerstraße 10
55566 Meddersheim

Tel. +49 (0) 6751 2624

Wein- & Sekgut Bamberger

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Wine Estate Sommerhausen

„For us, membership in "fair and green" is the logical continuation of our earlier actions - here all wine-related activities are reviewed. Not only is the status quo recorded, but really a continuous improvement process initiated and accompanied! Also, a network of like-minded colleagues is created to exchange experiences. Since 2011 we manage our vineyards organically. Now we go one step further. If a winery is 583 years old, sustainability is just a lot, much more than just a phrase! We like to take on responsibility and commit ourselves today so that it can lead to a good future.” - Martin Steinmann

The documents that testify to the winemaking tradition of the Steinmann family in Sommerhausen extend back to the year 1537. 579 grape harvests later, the young team continues the 25-hectare vineyard in its 15th generation, bringing life and innovation to the old walls of the 1435-built castle. The winery is the opposite of stagnation, encrusted worldview, and misunderstood tradition, as can be inferred from the modern selection Steinmann and the innovative "Franconian Frechen" wines.
In addition to remarkable white and red wines, sparkling wines are being developed in the generous champagne cellar according to the champagne method. Under constant climatic conditions, they experience a multi-year yeast store here and thereby unfold their fine, multi-layered aroma and their elegant and intensely integrated perlage.
On the slopes and steep slopes around Sommerhausen grow on limestone soils excellent wines with high extract content and individual character. The focus is on the classic grape varieties Silvaner, Riesling and the Burgundy family. Particular attention is paid to the care of dry, aromatic wines from the grape varieties Muskatsilvaner, Muskateller, Gewürztraminer and Scheurebe.

Wine Estate Schloss Sommerhausen

Hauptstraße 25
97286 Sommerhausen

Tel. 0 93 33/2 60
Fax 0 93 33/14 88

Link zum Weingut: hier 

FAIR’N GREEN wins 2018 sustainability award

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.


This text was translated by fair'n green. To see the original press statement please follow the link below.

FAIR'N GREEN gewinnt Preis für Nachhaltigkeit 2018 - Foto Alexander Sell

New Member: Wine Estate Reverchon

"Wir sind Mitglied bei Fair and Green, da wir die jahrhundertealte Saar Riesling Tradition nicht nur innerhalb der Produktion nachhaltig und zukunftsorientiert gestalten möchten, sondern auch soziale Verantwortung für Mensch und Gesellschaft übernehmen wollen und wir zukunftsorientiertes Wirtschaften innerhalb des Weingutes Reverchon als unabdingbar ansehen. Die ersten Schritte in eine verantwortungsvolle Zukunft sind bereits getan und wir freuen uns darauf uns im Austausch mit unseren Kollegen von Fair and Green, weiter zu entwickeln und gegenseitig zu fördern. So möchten wir Weinfreunden auch in Zukunft leichte, belebende und saartypische Weine anbieten und die einmalige Kulturlandschaft der Saar vertrauensvoll im Interesse der nachfolgenden Generationen bewirtschaften."

- Hans Maret & Ralph Herke, Weingut Reverchon

Als eines der großen Traditionsweingüter der Saar sind wir eine Manufaktur für mineralische, saartypisch leichte Rieslinge und hochprämierte Jahrgangssekte. Wir pflegen mit umweltfreundlichem Weinanbau, der Vinifizierung mit natürlichen Hefen und temperaturgeführter Spontangärung jahrhundertealte Rieslingtradition in zeitgemäßer Ausprägung. Unsere Weine und Sekte sind filigran, mineralisch, leicht und duftig animierend. REVERCHON, blickt auf eine lange Geschichte zurück. Bereits 1685 erfolgte die „Privatisierung“ des vormals kirchlichen Weinguts. 1921 übernahm es die hugenottische Bankiersfamilie Reverchon und baute das Gut zu einem der renommiertesten Betriebe der Saar aus. Drei Generationen später geriet das Gut durch Investitionsstau, mangelhafte Weinbergspflege und Weinqualität in die Krise.


Hans Maret ist Unternehmer und Eigentümer des Weinguts Reverchon

2007 übernahm der Unternehmer Hans Maret das Weingut. Ein umfangreiches Investitionsprogramm in die denkmalgeschützten Gebäude, die Kellertechnik und die Rebanlagen folgten, zusammen mit dem Aufbau eines passionierten, hochkompetenten Teams. REVERCHON verfügt mit dem Alleinbesitz des Filzener Herrenbergs, Weinbergen im Filzener Pulchen, dem Ockfener Bockstein sowie Flächen in Konz und Wiltingen über die perfekte Basis zur Erzeugung großer Saarweine und –sekte.

Die nach Süden oder Süd-Westen ausgerichteten Weinberge sind überwiegend Steillagen mit Steigungen zwischen 35 und 72%, die einen optimalen Einfallswinkel der Sonnenstrahlen bedingen und somit perfekte Voraussetzungen für die Entwicklung qualitativ hochwertiger Trauben bieten. Die Qualität der Trauben wird bei allen Vorgängen im Weinkeller erhalten. Durch natürliche Sedimentation und gezügelte Vergärung mit weinbergseigenen Hefen bleiben Fruchtaromen, Lagencharakteristika und Frische der Weine optimal erhalten. Die Basisweine werden nach langem Hefelager im März auf die Flasche gefüllt. Die Lagenweine verbleiben weitere drei Monate auf der Hefe, um sich erstmals Mitte Juni als charakterstarke Individuen auf der Flasche zu präsentieren.


Weingut Reverchon

Weingut & Landhaus Reverchon
Saartalstraße 2 – 3
54329 Konz-Filzen


Tel. 06501- 923500
Fax 06501 -923509 | 

Übrigens: in dem angeschlossenen Landhaus des Weinguts können Sie auch ein Zimmer für einen Kurzurlaub buchen.

"Wir legen viel Wert auf eine nachhaltige und kontrolliert umweltschonende Bewirtschaftung unserer Weinberge. Viele Arbeiten werden ganz bewusst ohne den Einsatz von Maschinen verrichtet, um jeden Rebstock individuell zu pflegen. Eine späte Traubenlese in mehreren Selektionen sowie ein hoher Anteil alter, teils wurzelechter Reben sorgt für Weine hoher Dichte und Komplexität, immer belebend und leicht im Alkohol mit großer Tiefe, für puren Trinkgenuss ohne Reue."

- Weingut Reverchon

FAIR’N GREEN supports Wine in Moderation

Sustainability and moderate consumption belong together for FAIR’N GREEN. Right from the start, the detailed catalog of criteria also deals with the aspects of moderate consumption and measures taken by wineries in order to promote responsible consumption.

Since January 2018 FAIR’N GREEN has joined the Wine in Moderation Network and recommends that all FAIR’N GREEN wineries also join the network.

Moderate consumption concerns us all. We strongly support the concern of Wine in Moderation.

Wine Estate Rütihof

Schon bevor wir die Führung des Weinguts Rütihof im Jahr 2004 übernommen haben, haben die Themen Nachhaltigkeit, Ökologie und Umweltschutz unser privates und berufliches Leben geprägt. In unserem Weinbaubetrieb kommt dieses Engagement in allen Belangen zum Tragen. Bei Fair’ n Green finden wir fachliche Unterstützung und den Austausch mit anderen Winzerbetrieben, um uns ständig weiter zu entwickeln.“    Monica Hasler und Mathias Bürgi 

Über das Weingut Rütihof:

Unser Weingut Rütihof liegt in Uerikon (Gemeinde Stäfa, Schweiz) am rechten Zürichseeufer und wird seit 1885 und 5 Generationen durch die Familie Hasler bewirtschaftet. Der

Betrieb besteht aus Wohnhaus mit Kellerei, dem benachbarten Chalet (Stöckli) und der altehrwürdigen Rütihof-Schüür, in der wir unsere Verköstigungen und Anlässe durchführen.
Seit 2004 führen wir, Monica Hasler Bürgi und Matthias Bürgi den Rütihof. Monica hat Biologie studiert und ist nach Umwegen im elterlichen Weinbaubetrieb eingestiegen. Am Winzerberuf liebt sie die Arbeit im Freien ganz besonders. Die Ausbildung als Biologin ist ihr bei der Bewirtschaftung der Reben und der Weinbereitung eine gute Grundlage. Matthias ist in der Stadt Bern aufgewachsen. Das Studium der Umweltnaturwissenschaften hat ihn nach Zürich und die Liebe auf den Rütihof gebracht. Neben seiner vielfältigen Arbeit auf dem Rütihof ist er als Wissenschaftler tätig: An der Eidgenössischen Forschungsanstalt für Wald, Schnee und Landschaft (WSL) leitet er die Forschungsgruppe „Landnutzungsgeschichte“.

Mit der Geburt unseres Sohnes Luzian am 1. Juni 2008 sind wir eine kleine Familie geworden.
Um die Arbeit auf unserem handarbeitsintensiven Betrieb bewältigen zu können, sind wir auf ein engagiertes und zuverlässiges Team angewiesen. Wir schätzen die Unterstützung durch unsere zwei langjährigen Mitarbeiter Pawel und Piotr Domanski sehr.

Unsere Rebberge umfassen 5 Hektar in den Stäfner Lagen Rütihof, Laubisrüti und Risi. Einige unserer Parzellen sind extrem steil, weshalb der Mechanisierung Grenzen gesetzt sind. Die Handarbeit ist zwar zeitaufwändig, hat aber den Vorteil, dass mit jedem Arbeitsschritt die Qualität konsequent gefördert werden kann. Dank reduzierten Erträgen erzeugen wir optimal ausgereifte, gesunde Trauben.
Unsere Reben sind nicht nur Produktionsfläche, sondern auch Teil einer vielfältigen Landschaft und somit Lebensraum für Pflanzen, Tiere und Menschen. Auch was zwischen den Rebreihen oder in den angrenzenden Hecken und Blumenwiesen gedeiht und lebt, ist uns wichtig. Im Jahr 2004 haben wir ein kleines Feuchtgebiet renaturiert und verfolgen mit Spannung, wie sich die Natur diese Fläche zurück erobert.
Den Rebberg verstehen wir als vielfältiges Ökosystem, das sorgfältig bewirtschaftet werden will. Bodenfruchtbarkeit und Nützlinge werden gefördert, chemische Hilfsstoffe zurückhaltend eingesetzt. Die Auseinandersetzung mit den naturgegebenen Bedingungen ist die Grundlage für Terroir-typische Weine.

Auf unseren Hängen sind 8 Traubensorten im Anbau, darunter die Klassiker Blauburgunder/Pinot noir und Riesling-Sylvaner, die traditionelle Lokalsorte Räuschling und zukunftsweisende Neuzüchtungen wie Cabernet Dorsa.


  • Rot Weiss
  • Blauburgunder/Pinot Noir
  • Riesling-Sylvaner
  • Zweigelt
  • Räuschling
  • Merlot
  • Gewürztraminer
  • Cabernet Dorsa
  • Gamaret

Unsere Weine
Im Keller möchten wir das Potenzial der geernteten Trauben optimal zur Entfaltung bringen. Vom Abpressen bis zur Abfüllung beobachten wir die Entwicklung jedes einzelnen Weines sorgfältig.
Unser Ziel sind gehaltvolle Weine, die durch Sortentypizität und Charakter überzeugen und als Naturprodukt das Terroir und unsere individuelle Handschrift in Rebbau und Kelterung widerspiegeln.

RH 4 Schriftzug Ranke Name white red

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.

For further information, visit:

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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

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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.


For further information, visit:

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