Michael and Erich Andert, Pamhagen, Austria.
The stars of ANDERT WEIN, a biodynamic winery located in Pamhagen, Burgenland Austria, Demeter certified. With 4,5 hectares of farm, they produce mostly Zweigelt and a range of white wines such as Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay and Gemischter satz wines. Skin maceration whites included. It is a great combination and team work. Michael, who has intensively studied biodynamics during his years of working experience and Erich with a sales and sommelier background, partly also working for Weinskandal in Vienna. First started in 1998, they now practise their biodynamics completely without any machines or use of chemicals.
Made in a self built stone cellar in the back garden, the wines undergo spontaneous fermentation and stay there until ready. Obviously, these wines are unsulfered, unfiltered and unfined.
Next to making wine (and secretly crazy good spirits), they grow fresh herbs, vegetables and keep animals. When visiting them, you really see how passionate they are about this lifestyle, home made cured or smoked meats, fresh veggies and absinth. Everything is available.