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Styrian terroir & classic wineries

The interest association of wineries in the Styria (Austria) emerged from the group of "Styrian Classical Winegrowers" 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 Big Alois. Lackner-Tinnacher. Maitz Wolfgang. Neumeister. Polz Erich & Walter. Sabathi Erwin. Sabathi Hannes. Sattlerhof. Tement Manfred and Winkler Hermaden,

The STK logo may only carry those wines that meet the strict rules and quality requirements. They are made from the permissible white ones 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 region-typical, Styrian wine culture. STK wines bear the STK logo as a quality mark on the binding capsule and optionally also on label (Due to the current legal situation "Erste STK Lage" or "Grosse STK Lage" may not be advertised on the label). All other wines can also carry a STK logo on the capsule, but not in silver / gold or the text 1 STK or G STK).

There are the three categories "Styrian Classic", "Local wines (village wines)" and "Layer wines (in two stages)". The classification with the levels "Erste STK Lage" and "Große STK Lage" was based on many years of experience, taking into account national and international tasting results. Wines from these locations ( Rieden ) have a pronounced regional taste.

Styrian Classical STK (Logo in Silver): These wines can come from different vineyards. They carry the silver STK capsule imprint.

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

Dorfwein (local wine) STK (logo in silver): These wines come from different vineyards within a municipality and carry the name of the respective place on the label. These locations have different characteristics in aroma and typicity due to location, sea level and soil. This reactivates an old tradition in which by the middle of the 20th century, wines were referred to as Gamlitzers, Glanzer, Klöcher, Spielfelder etc.

First STK location (1 STK logo in gold): These wines come from the most valuable locations; these are 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
  • dry expanded (exceptions predicates, Traminer) in stainless steel or a large wooden barrel
  • alcohol content at least 12.5% vol
  • to the. 5 years market presence, also smaller vintages Independence u. position character
  • Ripening potential for. 5 years; comprehensible through tastings of the last 5 years
  • Marketing after 6-month expansion early. from 1 May of the year following harvest
  • reserve, Private, Drum reserve, Vinotheque filling, Barrique with 18-month expansion

Large STK location (G STK logo in gold): wines from grapes from vineyards with particularly favorable microclimate and soils with a high proportion of shell limestone, limestone, volcanic rock, sand, gravel and shale 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 period and is based on the optimal development of the terroir notes and the minerality Voted. The provisions of the first STK vineyard wines with stricter specifications apply:

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

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

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