Kristinus produces really exciting natural wines and biodynamic wines in Hungary and are pioneers in the region around Lake Balaton. Kristinus is led by the winemaker Florian Zaruba, who grew up in Munich and followed the path of passion, curiosity and openness. To grow high-quality grapes from day one and produce exceptional wines in a biodynamic way.
"And he does that damn well"
In the words of Kristinus:
We are convinced that the best grapes come from biodynamically cultivated and therefore healthy and lively soils and that the wine must be made with intuition and passion.
SOIL, MOON, SUN AND STARS
In every aspect of the winery's life, we strive to leave the smallest possible ecological footprint and to work as part of nature. That's why we put sustainability at the heart of every decision we make, even when it comes to small details like the weight of bottles, renewable energy, home-baked sourdough bread or even the disposal of single-use plastic.
Since the end of 2018, we have been farming our land biodynamically. This means that we regard the vine and the environment surrounding it as an inseparable unit. Biodiversity is crucial in this system, in which every living organism and every microorganism plays a key role at its level. In line with the principles of biodynamics, we strive - just like humans - to develop the strongest immune system in the vineyard, rather than just treating the symptoms.
Instead of chemical sprays, herbicides and fertilisers, we use natural preparations for plant protection. It is a process that requires constant presence, so human labour is irreplaceable for us. As the saying goes: a walk in the vineyard is worth more than two sprays - and we like to walk.
WHAT IS BIODYNAMIC?
Internationally recognised and regulated biodynamic certifications, such as DEMETER certification, place high demands on viticulture and winemaking. Behind the system of the Austrian philosopher Rudolf Steiner is a complex, holistic approach that assumes that the entire winery is a unified whole. It is not just about animals and crops. In addition to the landscape elements (meadows, forests, pastures, wildlife), it is also about the wider environment, right up to the stars: the farmer takes cosmic rhythms such as the moon into account when planting, growing grapes and keeping livestock. It is a process that requires constant presence, so that human labour is irreplaceable for us. As the saying goes, a walk in the vineyard is worth more than two sprays - and we like to walk.
Just as in the vineyard, we strive for the least amount of intervention in the cellar. We work to make the most of the soils and climate in the vineyard so that the wines truly reflect the terroir. Our work here is about working with nature to make the best wines possible. We believe that in this case, going back to basics is a step forward, including the use of winemaking techniques such as the old sparkling wine technique, the Pétillant Naturel or also called PET-NAT.