Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark – 2020

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

All estate vineyards in Kitzeck-Sausal and Gamlitz, Südsteiermark.

  • Altitude: 380 -570 meters
  • Soils: Slate (Kitzeck-Sausal), sandstone (Gamlitz)
  • Aspect: South, East, Southwest
  • Sites: Steep slopes
  • Climate: Cool
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested throughout September
  • Manual berry sorting
  • 90% of wine fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, 10% in large, neutral oak barrels
  • No malolactic fermentation
Winemaker's Notes

Our most important wine and flagship. It reflects the terroir of the entire Südsteiermark, with a natural Sauvignon Blanc fruitiness combined with finesse. Rich body plus structure. The different microclimates and soils of our South Styrian vineyards are depicted in this wine.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 12.5%; steep estate vineyards in Kitzeck-Sausal and Gamlitz; altitude: 370 – 580 meters; slate and sandstone soils; hand harvested through September; 90% wine fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, 10% in large, neutral oak barrels; no malolactic fermentation; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc grapes
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Total Acidity: 6.2 g/l
  • Residual Sugar: 1.1 g/l
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine


91 Points


Textbook Sauvignon Blanc in a cool Styrian mode, this is silky and firm, its passion fruit richness held up by pithy lime acidity, mineral notes keeping it firm.

Wine and Spirits, April, 2022

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