In the vineyards we work by the principles of organic production.
Since the 1950s and 60s we asked if there isn’t another way in producing wine. Especially as we always had an aversion against insecticides and herbicides. We stopped using them because we had a strong optical dislike of dead plants in the vineyards and continued to not use them as soon as the positive impact on the enviroment got perceivable. Nature started to return the favor, populations of beneficial animals started to regenerate, the ecosystem of the vineyard found back to its old balance and vine vitality increased. The Mantlerhof was also one of the first wineries to work with vineyard greening which is nowadays common practice.
If we look back we always worked with certain sustainability criterias which we had imposed on ourselves. There is one key moment which caused us to start with the certification process: in 2002 we were hit by a century flood of the Kamp river. This demonstration of power by mother nature felt like a punch in the face. But we didn’t want to punch back, but felt the more motivated to change something. We started the cerification process step by step and were fully certified by 2009.
Additionally to the obligatory criteria we try to adapt our annual circle of work to some of the co-inhabitants of our vineyards and fields. Ground work gets timed to not interfere with breeding season of ground squirrels and rabbits. Here and there we leave a bit of fallow land to nature, steep walls are preserved for nesting birds and nature conservation experts are consulted when we plan new vineyards.