Franz im Schilf

Reduction to maximum, less is more

Foto: Markus Oberndorfer 

When you work with nature and its complexity, you quickly realize that you will not explore everything in your lifetime.

Specially for viticulture, where one has only once a year the chance to learn form his experiences and experiments . To understand more of my vineyards, I began to reduce my possibilities.  We do not use yeasts and no excipients in the cellar. We try to reduce any influence to better understand our vineyards and grapes and we only buy barrels from two coopers.


An example:

In recent years, I noticed that even two similar barrels developed differently in different places in the wine cellar. What could be the reason? I found out that the temperature in the cellar was identical, but the humidity and also the air movement were not identical. Thus wines in the corners of the cellar develop differently than wines at the entrance. If I had had different barrels, I would not have come to this realization. I would have thought that the barrels changed the wines.


Even in life I try to live with less.

Everyone understands and interprets it differently, but I feel that our time is forcing us to rethink our lives all the time. I find it very exciting that the young generation does not want to own anymore, carsharing, streaming music, renting apartment. It seems to be as if society feels that ownership is also a burden. This feels right on a planet where resources are limited. When I look at my vinyl collection, I have the feeling that I am getting old. Also with the books I can not help it. I want to own the printed copy and won’t read on e-Readers. Yes, and as a wine-grower, I own vineyards,  therefore have a responsibility to them. We nurture and cherish them for the next generation – that binds.


In the winery we will continue our way of “reducing“. Reducing varieties and wines, to learn more about our key-products and vineyards . I see this as a luxury of our time that we are able to go this route. We owe this to the post-war generation, which has worked tirelessly for prosperity. I have to thank my father and mother for this.

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