(March 8, 2017) In celebration of International Women’s Day, we are honoring one of our outstanding women winemakers, Angela Michlits. Angela is the primary winemaker for Biokult Biodynamic wine from Pamhagen, Austria. Growing up, Angela’s parents had always possessed a passion for wines. While there was no family wine estate or winery connection, she always shared their passion.
During her summers while attending college, Angela conducted winery internships. She was so enthusiastic about winemaking that she abdicated her formal studies in favor of an additional official winery apprenticeship opportunity, only to later return to her enological university studies. That’s where Angela met her future husband Werner Michlits.Together they decided to continue transforming Werner’s family estate.
From the beginning Angela was in charge of all the winemaking and vinification processes. While their three children are at school Angela spends her day in the cellar with her colleagues. She understands the use of traditional wine growing and winemaking techniques and has developed them in modern ways. Her and her husband’s search for establishing the best conditions and thus letting nature do its best work for the wines without excessive human intervention is very innovative and contemporary. The family has become a world-renowned producer of high quality organic wines from vines grown with care using Biodynamic principles, and their products and production methods are revolutionary for the region.
Biodynamic farming works in harmony with natural ecosystems to preserve and protect life’s diversity and species for future generations. As with organic production, the use of GMOs, synthetic chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides is not permitted. This comprehensive organic farming method requires the creation and management of a closed system. Farmers must be minimally dependent on imported materials, meeting all needs with the living dynamics of the farm itself. For example, cattle and chickens are often raised to provide compost, and wheat is grown among the other crops to feed the animals. On the Michlit’s property, the family owned cattle herd of over 50 Angus beef combined with organic/biodynamic wheat production are the most important tools to improve the soils and the vines that grow on them. This self-contained farm is the ultimate model of sustainability and environmental preservation.
The art of Biodynamic wine cultivation lies in choosing the right time for all applications. This requires sensitive understanding of the rhythms of the earth and the cosmos, as they have documented positive effects on the flora and fauna of the farm. Biodynamic methods develop the vineyard’s greatest potential. Healthier soil produces outstanding quality grapes and their resulting wines capture the true essence of the winery’s terroir, creating a “taste of place,” and a delightful glass of wine.
Biokult produces outstanding single varietals and unique blends from classic Austrian grape varietals including: Grüner Veltliner, Blauer Zweigelt and Pinot Noir. All wines are vegan-friendly, using no animal byproducts in production. The wines are also Non-GMO Project Verified.