What are we doing in the vineyards?
In the new planted vineyards subsoiling by hand with a so called “Karsthaue” and removing the roots by the nodes of the basic vines; thus the vine is forced to go into the depth with its roots; advantage: the soil and the terroir is reflected in the wine; no soil watering is necessary in dry years
Pruning of vines in spring – one “baguette” and two cones, the pruning of vines determines the quantity of the harvest
quantity of harvest from 3.000 kg/ha (Pinot Noir) to 5.000 kg/ha (Blauer Zweigelt) with 4.000 vines/ha
Plant protection /Plant strengthening
Loose wall of leaves; fixing the wall of leaves with clamps
Use of self-made plant extracts, primarily from stinging nettle, common horsetail and valerian, which are collected in our vineyards and meadows and use of stone flour
Use of biodynamic compounds: compost compound to enliven the soil and cow horn silica to strengthen the photosynthesis and to minimize the fungal infection
To maintain and allow an ecological diversity in the vineyards
No cutting and mulching the grass in the vine lanes, only use of a traditional scythe to cut the grass in the vine rows, the outskirts and the acclivities are fed down by our cattle (“Hinterwälder”)
Implementation of piles of stones and small water places to enhance reptiles (smooth snakes and colubrids)
Through the ecological diversity in the vineyards the animal damage (by insects, root voles etc.) is kept under the economic harm limit
What is the “Sausaler” soil?
The “Sausal” is an island mountain which arised in the paleozoic era (older than the Alps) consists of siliceous primary rocks, free of lime because it was never overflooded by the primal ocean. From this parent rock material through alteration slaty soils originated which are very loose and because of the silicium the wines are very mineral. Due to the high part on stones the soil accumulates warmness.
We are a biodynamic winery certified by demeter. Our main branch is the winery. In addition to this we keep a herd of cattle (of course with horns) to achieve a lively farm organism (“Hinterwälder” or “Keltenrinder”). Concerning the cultivation of our vineyards we have reached – besides other positive effects - an increase in the efficiency and added value through our cattle. We gain a useful dung from our cattle to manure our soils and the grass is utilized by our cattle and transduced in valuable meat.
The biodynamic compounds are made by ourselves on our farm. Whereas the acquisition of materials we do not have on our farm causes very often problems, e.g. to get a bladder from a male red deer. Horn dung, cow horn silica from “Sausaler” silicium, stinging nettle compounds and oak bark compounds are produced from materials of our farm. The compounds are dynamised by hand.
Weingut Karl Schnabel - ÖSTERREICH - SÜDSTEIERMARK- 8443 Gleinstätten, Maierhof 34
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