Sustainability is also an essential issue for us, which is a leading principle for our production. That is why we have certified our winery to be “Sustainable Austria”.
The certification is carried out by the independent testing institution Lacon and is based on 3 main subject areas.
The sustainability of the plant in terms of climate, soil, biodiversity and consumption resources (e.g. material, energy and water) in the production steps of grape cultivation, wine production and vineyard facilities is evaluated.
In this area, all factors relating to management are assessed. This includes sustainable operational management, the key figures of a company, the sales plan, insurance, as well the use of inter-company machinery. It is also important to promote regionality, to favour regional producers and to offer regional services, such as farm sales. Economic sustainability and the contribution of the company to the common good are also evaluated.
Beside ecology and economics, the assessment of the sustainability of a wine-growing business is based on the third pillar of social criteria.
Employee protection, fair wages and the social protection of employees are central demands on companies, as well as the selection of external service providers and the purchase of clean services. However, the training and further education of employees is also evaluated, as well as the promotion of the working climate, integration and occupational health and safety.
Essential elements of certification are abstaining from chemical-synthetic pesticides and herbicides, promotion of biodiversity, reduction of energy expenditure and reduction of vineyard passages to reduce soil compaction, as well as the partial or total renunciation of non-renewable energy sources.
All these points were evaluated in the Winery Zull and decided positively. Even so, we believe that sustainability certification could perhaps go even further and we are very pleased to bear the seal of approval.
Sustainability is a major concern for us as wine producers striving to enable the best quality with the best possible operational conditions.
Your Phillip Zull