Judith Beck's winery is run as a family business. Since 1976 the area under vine increased from 5 to 15 ha. And from 2007 Judith has produced wines in accordance with biodynamic principles. The winery is housed in an impressive airy new building in the middle of the vineyards from Gols in Burgenland.
Now the emphasis is on refining the style whilst capturing the potential of the grapes. Judith is passionate about the traditional Austrian red varieties of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent. She is an impressively calm, thoughtful person and that sense of relaxation seems to transmit itself into her wines, which possess a lightness of touch not always apparent in this region.
Biodynamics is an art of healing which takes advantage of the holistic curativeness of nature. It aims at strengthening the natural resistance of the plant. Pest and disease control are mainly affected in a prophylactic manner. "We encourage the formation of humus, as a basis of healthy soils, by regularly applying cattle manure which we prepare ourselves and by cultivating grass between the rows. Herbal teas (such as stinging nettle, chamomile and field horsetail) and biodynamic field sprays such as horn manure and horn silica are used under the consideration of moon rhythms; their purpose being to strengthen resistance and further the physiological ripeness of grapes."
The aim is to produce authentic wines with an individual aroma profile while at the same time maintaining healthy soil and vines. Part of this is also the absence of yeasts. Fermentation of the red wines starts spontaneously in stainless steel tanks or in open wooden casks. Part of the red wine matures in large wooden barrels made of third generation acacia wood. The barrels are meant to support and enhance the characteristics of the wine and, overall, the wood influence should be only faintly perceptible with the fruit characteriistics of the wine always remaining to the fore.