The winery "Johannes Zillinger's Demeterhof" is located in the municipality Velm-Götzendorf in the southeast of the Lower Austrian wine-growing region Weinviertel, The traditional business was founded in 1673 by David Zillinger and is still family owned. After many attempts in the vineyards and years of research, the estate was restructured by Hans Zillinger in 1985 and converted to an environmentally friendly, organic-biological way of farming. For this pioneering achievement, he was from the country Lower Austria awarded the environmental prize. On the bottle labels emblazoned a butterfly.
The vineyards cover 20 hectares of vineyards on the limestone stony hills surrounding the village. They are 70% with the white wine varieties Green Valtellina, Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) Riesling. . Chardonnay. Sauvignon Blanc. Scheurebe and muscatel, as well as to 30% with the red wines Zweigelt. St. Laurent. Cabernet Sauvignon and the two PIWI varietiesRoesler and regent planted. The biodynamic management takes place according to the rules of the organic association DEMETER by circular economy. These include the use of self-made compost when fertilizer and soil conditioners and herbs in the vineyard as a habitat for various beneficials and as a base for extracts and teas.
In the basement is a minimalist, noninvasive Principle with the least possible intervention. The wines of the entire range go through one spontaneous fermentation and spontaneous malolactic with individual design styles. These include the fermentation of total and partial quantities in amphorae. Intracellular fermentation. sulfur-free Storage and extension in traditional big wooden barrel from acacia and oak. The wines are produced in the four lines VELUE (from vineyards around Velm-Götzendorf), REFLEXION (vineyard wines with a long maceration), REVOLUTION (non-vintage) solera system ) and NUMEN (from manually individually selected highly ripe berries from the oldest vines, matured without intervention 16 to 22 months). The winery is a member of the associations DEMETER and TOA.