ESTONIAN RURAL NETWORK: Study-trip about local food to Austria

Time: 24.10.2011–28.10.2011

Place: Austria

Rural- and fisheries Network bureau of Rural Economy Research Centre organized a study-trip about local food to Austria on 24-28 October 2011, to get some experiences on Austrian local food production and related projects, and to meet with Austrian Ministry of Health.

Participants: in total 26 participants including 13 representatives from Estonian Veterinary and Food Board, 5 representatives from organizations and associations that deal with local food networks in rural areas and representatives of Estonian Ministry of Agriculture, Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board and Rural Economy Research Centre.

 See the pictures of the study-trip HERE

Article in the e-newsletter of Estonian Rural Network, published on 29.11.2011 “Austria – a good example of functioning cooperation and small-producing in the global world” (in Estonian), author Reve Lambur, Estonian rural network -

Presentation about the study-trip in three parts (composed by the participants of Veterinary and Food Board: picture + short introducing text about the visited places):

  • Summary about the I day of the study-trip (51 MB) 
  • Summary about the II day of the study-trip (38 MB) 
  • Summary about the III day of the study-trip (29 MB) 

List of participants

Approximate route of the study-trip on the Google-map

MONDAY, 24th October
Gathering at the Tallinn airport, check-in
Flight to Vieanna
Arrival at Vienna
  • Transfer to hotel
20.00 (20.30)
TUESDAY, 25th October
Departure from the hotel
Visiting Andrea & Georg Blochberger’s dairy farm
Dairy farm where the ecological milk is being marketed directly and the milk is also used to make ice-cream which is sold in special market in Vienna
Höller Fleischerei und Schlachthof – small enterprise dealing with meat processing
Small enterprise dealing with meat processing – the enterprise involves slaughterhouse, meat processing devices and shop. The area’s farmers can bring their animals to the slaughterhouse – bovines, sheep, and pigs. The meat-industry produces 60 different products – most of them are marketed in their own shop.
Visiting Lindenhof farm
(Liedenhof Familie Eisenkölbl)
Suckler-cow breeding and calf-meat marketing. The farm production is being sold in different markets and fairs. Once a month a special farm-shop is opened – people can buy meat, half-finished products based on family receipts, ham, fat pork, sausages, local juice and alcohol.
  • The farm has a quality-certicate "Gutes vom Bauernhof" which guarantees they originate from one special farm – the product was grown and produced there. More information about the web-site
Mandl goat farm visiting
(Mandl´s Ziegenhof)
Producing cheese and yoghurt from ecological goat milk.
Departure to hotel
Best Western Landhotel Wachau


WEDNESDAY, 26th October
Departure from hotel
Distelberger cider farm
The farm produces juice, cider and high quality fruit-wines out of apples and pears – all this is combined with local food. The pear-wine "Mostviertel Birnmost" received the EU quality mark  Protected Geographical Indication”.
  • Protected Geographical Indication, PGI – Similar mark to PDO - Protected Designation of Origin (see below), but the conditions are more opened. The producing and/or processing and/or preparing to market of product are held at the same geographical area. It is enough when one stage of producing is held at defined geographical area. The link of Protected Geographical Indication product with the geographical area can be based on specific characteristics or reputation. Information about the products received the EU products quality marks is available in the database
Visiting Mohnhof
Excursion at the poppy growing farm and museum, which is situated in the mountain-area up to 900 meters. Also tasting the local poppy products. The farm has been grown poppies for over 20 years.
The seeds of grey poppy "Waldviertler Graumohn" received the EU quality mark - PDO - Protected Designation of Origin). See the description above.
  • The Protected Designation of Origin marks the product, which is grown in a defined region, country, or in a place that has fixed characteristics due to human and environmental factors that are typical for the place. The condition is that the raw-material comes from the defined area and the production, processing and preparations are done in one geographical area. Information about the products received the EU products quality marks is available in the database
(Haubi's Bäckerei & Konditorei)
Bakery where only local and biological raw-material is used. The company started in 1930 as a small family enterprise. Now it has developed into a big industry with 650 employees. The main products are frozen pastries for accommodation and catering enterprises which need short cooking time before serving.
Departure towards hotel
Ööbimine Best Western Landhotel Wachau


THURSDAY, 27 October
Departure from the hotel
Andrea and Franz Taschl’s dairy farm
A dairy farm situated up to 600 meters has a magical view. It grows dairy cattle and ecological milk is used to make cheese.
Departure towards Vienna


14.00 - 17.00
Meeting with representatives of Austrian Ministry of Health - Peter-Vitus Stangl (about veterinay) and Carolin Kreijci (overall questions about food safety and implementation of food regulations).
Dinner in winery


Accommodation in Vienna hotel Ananas
FRIDAY, 28 October 2011
Departure from hotel to airport
Flight from Vienna
Arrival at Tallinn airport

Information about the study trip: Reve Lambur, telephone: 384 9728, 529 8009, e-mail: reve[at]

Viimati muudetud: 31.10.2012

  Jäneda, Tapa vald 73602, Lääne-Virumaa, Tel 384 9700, seminar (at)