“Wine quarter PLUS” has been there since 2007. Now, the fifth company was strictly tested: the big winery Ewald Gruber in Röschitz in the Western quarter. Senior partner Ewald Gruber said after the successful audit: “Already when we started preparing the session we noticed that many of the processes in our production as well as in sales would be very transparent with this system, which we can later make even more efficient.”
Not only the wine quality and the work in the cellar are being scrutinized. Also marketing, service, infrastructure of the companies, further education and many more details are scrutinized in various steps, then monitored and then controlled once again. “A maximum of objectivity and transparency is guaranteed”, says Roman Pfaffl from Statten, the chairman of the wine committee wine quarter, who already had his company scrutinized with this system. “All this will contribute to the development of our region.” Besides Gruber and Pfaffl, the wineries Gschweicher (Röschitz), Setzer (Hohenwarth) and Walek (Poysdorf) are Wine Quarter-PLUS-certified.
The fact that these wineries are the first in Europe with this quality management system is however not completely true. The German Agriculture Association (DLG – Deutsche Landwirtschaftsgesellschaft) already launched a similar company certification in 1999. Producers that wish to have their company completely scrutinized and at the same time have their surpassing quality as well as environment- and customer orientation ability confirmed, advance to “DLG-recommended wineries” (or cooperatives). There are about 50 companies of this kind so far. Those who know the scene, do however find that besides all the ambitious producers there is also a couple of vintagers that only attend with only a low amount of quality. (r.knoll)