The Grüner Baum hotel (www.hoteldorf.com) is situated in Bad Gastein, in Austria’s Salzburg province, and the two night, organic wine tasting weekend runs from Friday June 26th – Sunday 28th 2015.
The oenological package costs 359 euros (approximately £260) per person and has been timed to coincide with Austria’s 13th annual organic wine awards, the ‘Best of Bio’ competition (www.bestof.bio), which the Grüner Baum hotel is hosting.
The package, which includes a gala dinner, a mountain hut dinner and four tasting sessions, has been created to showcase the best of Austria’s increasingly popular organic wines to guests and to allow them to experience the 2015 ‘Best of Bio’ competition first-hand. Spaces are very limited, and EH is hoping to be there, as the only wine that passes our lips is organic or biodynamic as conventional wine contains lots of additives and pesticides that have no place in wine, and are not good for our health.
The Organic Best of Bio Wine Weekend Includes:
Friday 26 June
Sunday 28 June
All wines submitted for the ‘Best of Bio’ awards must be from grapes grown on certified organic agricultural land, grown in accordance with principles of organic farming, excluding the use of artificial chemical fertilisers, pesticides, fungicides and herbicides.
Categories in the awards will include white wines, red wines, rosé wines, sparkling wines and sweet wines.
Organic viticulture is a sector in which Austria has recently experienced particularly high growth. Between 2000 and 2015 the amount of Austrian land classified as organic wine-growing land grew by 487 per cent, from 749 hectares at the start of the century to 4,400 hectares this year.
The Grüner Baum hotel is a family-run, four-star hotel in its own 210-acre private valley. The hotel borders the 1,836 km2 UNESCO-listed Hohe Tauern National Park, the biggest national park in Austria and Central Europe’s largest nature reserve, and is a member of Small Leading Hotels of the World.
About Hoteldorf Grüner Baum
Owned and run by the fourth generation of the Blumschein family, the Hoteldorf Grüner Baum is an organic, slow luxe, national park hotel in Bad Gastein, situated 60 miles south of the city of Salzburg. Converted from a hunting lodge by Archduke Johann of Austria, the hotel is now a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group and has regularly hosted illustrious guests over its long history, from the Shah of Persia, the Pope and Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria to Princess Margriet of the Netherlands, who celebrated her ruby wedding anniversary celebrations there in 2007, and Jude Law who took a week’s ski holiday at the hotel in 2008. The hotel is certified 100 per cent organic by inspection body Austria Bio Garantie and sits within its own 210-acre private valley.
The Grüner Baum hotel completed an 18-month 500,000 euro family-focused refurbishment in summer 2011, which included the addition of a petting zoo; guest Segways, 15 Lederhosen-clad iPads; the extension of free WiFi throughout the entirety of the hotel; an adventure playground (a converted silver fox farm); “chill-out lounge” for teenagers and older children and the upgrading of the thermal water to a sublime (28°C) outdoor pool.