Sustainable Wine from Germany by Vinyard Nik Weis St. Urbans-Hof

Wine estate Nik Weis – St. Urbanshof

“For me, FAIR’N GREEN is the modern alternative to existing sustainability, environmental and eco audits. My own motto is “con natura – no invicem”, that is with nature and not against it. For me it is self-evident that great wines can only be produced and the viticulture related cultural landscape can only be preserved for future generations, if work is done with nature and its environment and not against it. So far this corporate philosophy has not been communicated externally with an audit label or the membership in an association. With FAIR’N GREEN this is now happening and, in my opinion, according to the best and holistic manner. FAIR’N GREEN does not only commit to the protection of the environment and the sustainable management, but also includes fair, social, societal and cultural interactions. This means taking sustainability one step further ahead.”

The winegrower Nik Weis


Ockfener Bockstein                                                                             Piesport

Tradition and Commitment

Our family life has always been impacted by wine. Our deep respect for tradition in our region asserts the particular quality of our wines. That is why we work both in the vineyard as well as in the cellar attentively and in accordance with nature. The vineyard St. Urbans-Hof was established 1947 by Nicolaus Weis. His grandson runs the business in the 3rd generation. It is well reputed for its excellent spectrum of sitings which expand over the rivers Mosel and Saar. With 34 hectares of property the vineyards St. Urbans-Hof is one of the largest privately run vineyards in the region.


Riesling is one of the most traditional wines in Germany and. for centuries, has been home to the steep hills of Mosel, Saar and Ruwer. It produced fruity wines full of elegance. We committed entirely to this noble wine and therefore produce Riesling that reflects the terroir of the individual sitings. We engage in traditional cultivation methods that have been used for centuries. For example, this includes the single pile education where the wine is bound in a heart shaped to the pile. This way the bend wine is standing parallel to the slope and frontally to the sun and ensures a maximised leaf area that can capture the sun rays. An intensive manual soil work allows the slate to remain absorbent for the wine. This is the basis for the mineral character of our wines. Through thorough labour with the leaves, the sun can penetrate to reach the grapes which is important for building up aroma.

We always hold in respect to have low yields that we achieve with short cuts and the partial elimination of the grapes in late summer. Moreover, it is important to harvest as late as possible to assert a long phase of maturing and a good development of aroma. We only harvest manually and carry the grapes in so-called “Hotten” on our backs from the vineyard. Also the processing of the grapes is carried out in a considerate manner. They are squeezed shortly by crushing facilities that are located above the squeezing machines to facilitate the disintegration of the aroma. After squeezing in pneumatic stainless steal squeezers the grape must runs, without pumps, into containers where the turbid material can settle overnight. From there the clear grape juice runs into stainless steel tanks where the fermentation takes place. The slow and temperature controlled fermentation and the subsequent maturation in traditional “Fuder” – barrels asserts harmonic and polished wines that, even after years, still have a fresh taste.

Our sitings
Leiwener Laurentiuslay, Ockfener Bockstein, Piesporter Goldtröpfchen, Wiltinger Schlangengraben, Mehringer Blattenberg, Schodener Saarfeilser Marienberg

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Location of the vineyard

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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Location of the winery Birkert

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 to the winery: hier 

Location of the winery Schloss Sommerhausen

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

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

Lage des Weinguts 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

Location of the winery Ruetihof

Buchmann Wines

The wine estate Buchmann from Wittnau is a young family-run business and the first member of FAIR’N GREEN in Switzerland. The wine estate is not only committed to modern vinification and novel grapes but it also strives to promote environmentally balanced production as well as conserve the well-tuned interplay of human and nature in winemaking. All in all, the winery cultivates 16 different red and white wines on eight hectare of vineyard.

Rahel and Daniel Buchmann about FAIR’N GREEN:

“As a second-generation family business, a dutiful and transparent handling with natural resources has always been important to us. In FAIR’N GREEN we found a partner at our side who regards winemaking holistically and matches our understanding of sustainable winemaking.”

 Weingut Buchmann Pinot Noir   Weingut Buchmann Lese

 Foto Buchmann Weine Weingarten  Buchmann Weine Marienkäfer

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The wine estate Buchmann from Wittnau is a young family-run business and the first member of FAIR’N GREEN in Switzerland. The wine estate is not only committed to modern vinification and novel grapes but it also strives to promote environmentally balanced production as well as conserve the well-tuned interplay of human and nature in winemaking. All in all, the winery cultivates 16 different red and white wines on eight hectares of vineyard.

In 2015 Rahel takes over the wine estate of her parents and since then develops it together with her husband and with help of her parents.

In 2000 Rahel began her training as winegrower. After the successful practical examination, she decided to study oenology in Changin. After graduating from university, she now works in the family business since.

In 1999 four hectares of high-quality south-slope vineyards could be taken over from her mother’s family business. The vineyard was newly terraced and cultivated with modern grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Gewurztraminer, Diolinoir, Malbec, Cabernet Dorsa und St. Laurent.

In 1979 Jürg and Heidi Buchmann start their wine estate with four hectares. The vineyards on the southern slopes of Wittnau are cultivated with Riesling, Sylvaner and pinot noir. Later on, the newly bred grape Dornfelder from Germany was added.

Location of the winery Buchmann
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!”

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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Location of the winery Meyer-Näkel