Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark Quarz & Schiefer – 2021

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
  • Exposure: South, East, Southwest
  • Soils: Slate (Kitzeck-Sausal), sandstone and limestone marl (Gamlitz), quartz content in all areas
  • Sites: Steep slopes
  • Climate: Cool
Harvest Notes
  • Hand harvested in September
  • Manual berry selection
  • Most lots fermented and aged in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, some lots matured in large neutral oak barrels
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • Aged at least 6 months on fine lees before bottling
Winemaker's Notes

Unmistakenly classic Sauvignon aromas. Smoky-spicy notes with cassis, currants and a hint of grapefruit join the citrus Sauvignon flavors on the full palate.

Wine Summary

100% Sauvignon Blanc; alcohol: 12.5%; steep estate vineyards in Kitzeck-Sausal and Gamlitz, Südsteiermark; altitude: 370 – 580 meters; slate, sandstone and limestone marl with quartz across all soils; hand harvested through September; most wine fermented and aged in stainless steel tanks, some in large, neutral oak barrels; no malolactic fermentation; aged on fine lees at least 6 months; Certified Sustainable Austria wine.

Technical Information
  • 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Alcohol: 15.5%
  • Certified Sustainable Austria wine

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