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Styrian terroir & classic wineries

The association of interests of wineries in the Styria (Austria) emerged from the group of "Styrian Classic Vintners" founded in 1986, which from 1993 had coined the term "Styrian Classic" for fresh and fruity white wines made from typical Styrian grape varieties. The name STK® is protected for the wineries Gross Alois. Lackner-Tinnacher. Maitz Wolfgang. Neumeister. Polz Erich & Walter. Sabathi Erwin. Sabathi Hannes. Sattlerhof. Tement Manfred and Winkler Hermaden,

The STK logo may only be worn by wines that meet the strict rules and quality regulations. They are made from the white ones allowed Quality wine-grape varieties Yellow Muscatel ( muscatel ), Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) Morillon. Sauvignon Blanc. Traminer or Pinot Blanc ( Pinot Blanc ) won. The group is dedicated to the typical Styrian wine culture. STK wines bear the STK logo on the capsule and optionally also on label (Due to the current legal situation, "First STK location" or "Large STK location" may not be written out on the label). All other wines can also have a STK logo on the capsule, but not in silver / gold or the text 1 STK or G STK).

There are three categories: "Styrian Classic", "Local Wines (Village Wines)" and "Layer Wines (in Two Levels)". The classification with the levels "first STK location" and "large STK location" was based on many years of experience taking into account national and international tasting results. Wines from these locations ( Rieden ) have a distinctive taste typical of the region.

Styrian Classic STK (logo in silver): These wines can come from different vineyards. They carry the silver STK capsule print.

  • mainly in stainless steel dry expanded with max 4 g / l residual sugar
  • Alcohol content with guide value 12.5% vol (max 13% vol)
  • intended for enjoyment within two to three years
  • Marketing from March 1 of the year following the harvest (Welschriesling Dec 1)

Village wine (local wine) STK (logo in silver): These wines come from different vineyards within a municipality and have the name of the respective place on the label. Due to their location, altitude and soil, these places have different characteristics in aroma and typicality. This reactivates an old tradition in which wines were referred to as Gamlitzer, Glanzer, Klöcher, Spielfeld etc. until the middle of the 20th century.

First STK layer (1 STK logo in gold): These wines come from the most valuable layers; that's Eckberg, Grassnitzberg Hochkittenberg Jägersberg. Kittenberg, Klausen, Krepskogel, Perz, Poharnig, Rosenleiten, Schlosskogel, Schusterberg, Sernauberg, Steinbach, Steintal, Sulz, Theresienhöhe and Wielitsch. There are slopes with a favorable microclimate in the orientation south-east to south-west.

  • Average age of the vines at least 12 years
  • Vineyards are close to nature and sustained managed
  • as late as possible, selective hand picking botrytisfreier Grapes in several passes
  • earnings maximum 45 hl / ha
  • expanded dry (exceptions predicates, Traminer) in stainless steel or a large wooden barrel
  • alcohol content at least 12.5% vol
  • to the. 5 years of market presence, also smaller vintages position character
  • Maturity potential for. 5 years; understandable through tastings of the last 5 years
  • Marketing early after 6 months of expansion. from 1 May of the year following the harvest
  • reserve, Private, barrel reserve, vinotheque filling, Barrique with 18 months of expansion

Large STK location (G STK logo in gold): wines made from grapes from vineyards with a particularly favorable microclimate and soils with a high proportion of shell limestone, limestone, volcanic rock, sand, gravel and slate or combinations thereof. These are located in Hochgrassnitzberg, Hochstermetzberg, Kirchleiten, Kranachberg Moarfeitl Nussberg (Ratsch). Obegg. Pfarrweingarten. Pössnitzberg Saziani Sernau, Welles and Zieregg,

The expansion takes place with a very long maturation time and is based on the optimal development of the terroir notes and the minerality Voted. The provisions of the Erste-STK-Lagenweine apply with stricter requirements:

  • Average age of the vines at least 15 years
  • Yield a maximum of 35 hl / ha
  • to the. 10 years of market presence, also smaller vintages position character
  • Maturity potential for. ten years; understandable through tastings of the last 10 years
  • Marketing early after 18 months of expansion. from May 1st
  • Reserve, private, barrel reserve, vinotheque filling, barrique with 30 months aging

The STK model corresponds to the system of origin introduced in Styria in 2018 Southern Styria DAC, The only difference is the three-tier reed system.

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