Sauvignon Blanc Kitzeck-Sausal – 2019

Region: Austria - Südsteiermark


On some of the highest and steepest winegrowing slopes in all of Central Europe, where winegrowing was documented as early as 1757, a pair of brothers continue their family tradition. Bernhard and Stefan Schauer have taken over the reins of their family’s winery and brought their own passion to this corner of Südsteiermark in southern Austria. Records in the village church document the early winemaking of the Schauer family. Once a farm of mixed agriculture, the crop is now grapevines. Grown on the top of hillsides, the vines thrive in the slate and schist-rich soil.

Since the beginning, there has always been a Schauer family winemaker overseeing viticulture and winemaking in Kitzeck-Sausal. Both the great-grandfather and grandfather of the present generation were farmers and made wine. In 1980, Karl Schauer completed the conversion of all farming to grapevines. In 2010, he passed primary responsibility for the estate to sons Stefan and Bernhard. The brothers are passionate winegrowers who always work together, in the vineyards, in the cellar, or in their parents’ Buschenschank (traditional Austrian wine tavern) and guesthouse. Stefan is the winemaker and runs the winery with Bernhard, who handles marketing and all administration. They have grown the winery quickly in the past several years: from 25 acres /10 hectares in 2010 to 70 acres/28 hectares in 2019.

The Wine

Vineyard Profile

Four estate vineyards in Kitzeck-Sausal, Südsteiermark.

  • Altitude: 450 -570 meters
  • Soils: Slate
  • Aspect: Southeast, South, Southwest
  • Sites: Steep slopes
  • Climate: Cool alpine influences from the North and West
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in mid-late September
  • Manual berry selection
  • Indigenous yeasts only
  • Spontaneous fermentation and aging in large oak barrels (500 – 2000 L)
Winemaker's Notes

This Sauvignon Blanc grows in our preferred, high altitude estate vineyards within Kitzeck-Sausal. Always elegant and full of finesse, this wine is characterized by intensity, coolness and spiciness. Kitzeck-Sausal has been a highly valued origin for wine since the Austro-Hungarian monarchy.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 12.5%; 4 steep estate vineyards in Kitzeck-Sausal; slate soils; 450 – 570 meters altitude; cool alpine influences; hand harvested and sorted mid-late September; only indigenous yeast fermentation in large, neutral oak barrels; aging in same vessels; no malolactic fermentation; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.1 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.2 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine


93 Points

Flinty, smoky reduction and green nettle unite on the nose. The palate supports its inherent freshness with a wonderfully creamy vein. With more temperature and air, gorgeously ripe Mirabelle shines though and completes that nettle, citrus and fruit trinity.

Wine Enthusiast, March, 2021

General Info

Country Austria
Region Styria
Appellation(s) Südsteiermark
Proprietors Bernhard & Stefan Schauer
Founded 1757
Winemaker Stefan Schauer
Annual Production 8,333 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable