The origin of our wine visualised by
the Classificationpyramid . . .
Wines can be differentiated according to various criteria. The most common used distinguishing criterion is the grape variety. Our wine assortment consists of Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Yellow Muscat, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris.
From our point of view, a much more essential differentiating characteristic is the “origin” of wine – meaning the “wine-growing areas” and “wine-growing regions”.
By presenting the wines of vintage 2018 a new system of origin, “DAC” (= Districtus Austriae Controllatus), applies in Styria.
100% harvested by hand
8 traditional white grape varieties
regulated release dates
To categorise the wines of entire Styria under one and homogeneous system of origin, we apply the new “Styrian system of origin”. Our STK-classification-system has been integrated into this new system.
“STK” means “Steirische Terroir- und Klassikweingüter” = “Styrian Terroir and Classic Wineries”. It is a free association of 12 Styrian wineries with the highest commitment for a typically regional wine culture – the Erwin Sabathi winery is member of this association.
In support of one, homogenous system of origin and of one, homogenous presentation of the Styrian wine, we qualify our wines since the vintage 2018 under the label of “SüdsteiermarkDAC“.
GROSSE STK RIED (GRAND CRU STK)
(Single Vineyard Pössnitzberg, Single Vineyard Pössnitzberg Alte Reben, Single Vineyard Pössnitzberger Kapelle, Single Vineyard Pössnitzberger Sorgenbrecher)
Wines classified as “Große STK Ried” (Grand Cru STK) represent the highest quality level. The average age of these vines is at least 15 years, the drinking maturity 15 years and longer.
RIEDENWEINE (SINGLE VINEYARD WINES)
Wines with the expression and potential of the best vineyards. Into the top part of this pyramid, the former STK-classification-system of the STK-association has been integrated to divide into 3 additional levels.
ERSTE STK RIED (PREMIER CRU STK)
(Single Vineyard Poharnig, Single Vineyard Krepskogel, Single Vineyard Jägerberg)
These wines are typical for the region and have a high ageing potential. The average age of these vines is at least 12 years, the drinking maturity is 10 years and longer.
STK RIED (CRU STK)
(Single Vineyard Saffran)
These are wines of a young single vineyard, which will be classified in the future, based on the STK-criteria. Our wine of the Single Vineyard Saffran is ageing 18 months in small wooden barrels, the drinking maturity is 15 years and longer.
ORTSWEINE (VILLAGE WINES)
Our village wines grow in various vineyards within our home village Leutschach a.d.W. These wines are the representatives of the terroir of our home village.
GEBIETSWEINE (REGIONAL WINES)
Fresh and fruity wines. The vines of these wines flourish in numerous small vineyards in Southern Styria.