About the winery
With almost 2,000 years of history, Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria, and one of the first in the world to have begun operating by biodynamic principles. The Saahs family runs the Nikolaihof in accordance with the regulations of the Demeter Association, one of the strictest control systems in biodynamic farming. The principle: Imbue the wine with as much strength and energy as possible, whilst leaving nature to its own devices as far as possible. No herbicides, fertilisers, pesticides or synthetic sprays are used in the vineyards. The estate has been owned by the Saahs family since 1894. The traditional family business runs a total of appr. 50 acres (22 ha) of vineyard, cultivating predominantly Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, Neuburger grapes and a range of complementary varieties. The wines are stored in the estate's historic wine cellar - some of them stay there for up to 20 years in some of the 2,000 to 12,000 litre oak barrels.
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