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The Austrian three-tier quality pyramid

The Austrian three -tier quality pyramid was created in order to clarify the various categories of Sekt (sparkling wine) with “Protected Designation of Origin” to consumers. According to the legal guidelines of the top category of the Pyramid, regulations adhere to the highest production standards of the global leaders in sparkling wine production, such as Champagne or even Franciacorta, and even go well beyond these standards in many cases. Should Sekt producers wish to designate their sparkling wines with “Austrian Sekt with Protected Designation of Origin” (PDO) in the categories of “Klassik” or “Reserve” or “Grosse Reserve” on their labels, they are legally obligated to adhere to these according quality standards. A Federal Agency for Wine Production and the Federal Agency for Wine Cellar Inspection oversees adherence to these regulations.

 

  • Level 1

    AUSTRIAN SEKT „KLASSIK“
    • grapes harvested in one Austrian federal state (varietals permitted for quality wines)
    • entire grape and wine production process must take place within Austria
    • minimum 9 months maturation on the lees regardless of the production methods; a minimum of 16 months at Schlumberger
    • cannot be released to the consumer before the 22nd of October of the following year
    • all methods suitable for sparkling wine production are allowed. Schlumberger only uses “Méthode Traditionnelle”
    • maximum alcohol content of 12.5 % indicated on the label
    • the indication of origin more specific than Austrian federal state is prohibited
  • Stufe 2

    AUSTRIAN SEKT „RESERVE“
    • grapes harvested in one Austrian federal state (varietals permitted for quality wines)
    • harvest and pressing (maximum level of juice extraction is 60 %)
    • grapes must be harvested by hand – maximum cutting height of 35 cm in harvest crates
    • whole cluster pressing
    • minimum of 18 months aging on the lees
    • produced by traditional bottle fermentation only
    • released to consumers not before the 22 October of the following year
    • the indication of origin more specific than Austrian federal state is prohibited
    • Sekt must be finished “brut” “extra brut” or “brut nature” i.e. max 12 g/l residual sugar.
  • The Schlumberger promise of quality

    OUR WINEGROWER FAMILIES

    Working together with us in the vineyards for decades – from the choice of the parcels, through pruning and harvest, to maturing the wines in our 300-year-old cellars.

    HAND-HARVESTING

    Grapes picked by our well-trained harvest helpers.

    WE BUY NO WINE

    Our grape material processed exclusively by the Schlumberger team.

    ORIGINS

    The vineyards that we cultivate are located exclusively in Niederösterreich (primarily in Poysdorf) and in Burgenland.

    AUSTRIA’S GREATEST ARCHIVE OF RAW SEKT HELD IN RESERVE

    In order to guarantee consistently high quality throughout the vintages.

    DISTINCTIVE BOTTLE

    The deeply punted bottom for the thumb to grip facilitates pouring in the appropriate style