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Ried Zieregg belongs probably to one of the most famous vineyards in Austria. But for our family it is much more than an iconic flagship. It is the origin of the family history and a place of big emotion. Vineyard and family are deeply rooted in each other.
When Manfred had to take over the winery in 1976 after the sudden and tragic death of his father at the age of only 16, single vineyard Zieregg was still very small. Together with mother Edina a local “Buschenschank” (local inn) was run in order to be able to afford viticulture. In the 90s Manfred could reinvest all savings entirely in parcels on the Zieregg, which allowed the winery to grow. At the beginning of the 2000s, the vineyard Zieregg could be expanded to the high plateau at the foot of the Karmeliter Chapel (“Kapelle”). When Zieregg expanded so did the diversity in terms of soil type, exposure and microclimate.
Since 2005, Armin has been working hand in hand with father Manfred and Stefan has completed the “trio ” since 2010 and allows our family to evolve and to make fundamental decisions regarding organic farming and the puristic signature of our wines. One consequence of these new ideas was to separately vinify the individual plots in order to achieve an even more precise understanding of the multifaceted richness of our vineyards. Most famous example are the Zieregg plots or “parcels” as we call them. Today, a total of 18 plots are selectively cultivated and developed at our grand cru vineyard Zieregg.
In 2022, a statutory vineyard ordinance came into effect, which brought many changes for the wine region Steimark. For us, it was the right time to even sharpen our own vineyard profile. However, the new ordinance prohibits us from continuing to fill the previously used and vinified plots at Zieregg as individual plots, since “a Ried is the smallest permissible geographical indication.”
And now, after more than four decades of intense and detailed debate, it was decided in the family that, with the 2020 vintage, four individual vineyards on Zieregg would be created:
- Ried ZIEREGG Sauvignon Blanc
- Ried ZIEREGG KÅR [ausgesprochen “koar”] Sauvignon Blanc
- Ried ZIEREGG KAPELLE Sauvignon Blanc
- Ried ZIEREGG STEILRIEGEL Morillon
Grape Variety: Sauvignon Blanc
Appellation: Südsteiermark DAC
Classification: STK Grand Cru
Alcohol: 13,5 %
Residual Sugar: 1,6 g/l dry
Acidity: 6,9 g/l tbS
STK Grand Cru
Exquisite single-vineyard wines from the most exceptional STK Rieden (single vineyards). Favoured by extraordinary terroir and harvested late. Vines must be at least 15 years old. Yields are limited to 4500 litres per hectare. A minimum presence of ten years on the market guarantees exceptional quality.
Organic agriculture AT-BIO 402.
family business since 1959
100% in-house production
authentical wines of origin
organic agriculture AT-BIO-402
careful manual labour
slow and gentle maturation of the wines
hand harvested grapes
natural and spontaneous fermentation
Wine is not static.Armin Tement
It evolves, matures and changes over time.
Vision and Added Value
More than 15 years ago we started taking the first steps towards organic farming. We are now in the phase to convert to biodynamics. A logical step for us and a beginning without end. Every year we learn something new, observe nature and get closer to it bit by bit. We see our business as a form of modern circular economy in which wine is part of an overall concept. Partnerships with horse and cattle farmers have just as much space here as the use of the company’s own forest for energy production. Wine as a way of life.