Sparkling wines of Austria: Zeckts and their classification

We have never tried a frankly unsuccessful Austria. And again they did not try.

But let’s talk about the Zects first. What is it? Seeckt is the term used for sparkling in Germany and Austria. Can you imagine that these two countries consume, respectively, five and four times more bottles of sparkling wine per person per year than, for example, the United States? But!

What sparkling wine are there in Austria?

Let’s figure it out.

There are cheap and dull ones. And then the bottle will simply say Sekt (and something else like “wines de France” or “from the European Union”). That is, not from Austria, and it is not even clear from which particular country.

Maybe Austrian Sekt and then this wine is only Austrian, with a minimum pressure of 3.5 bar (like Prosecco).

Next comes “our” category Klassik (ours, because our wine today is Sekt Brut Klassik). A prerequisite is 9 months of aging on yeast lees (for sparkling wines the minimum requirement is 12 + 3). Secondary fermentation is allowed, including by the tank method (for champagne – only in bottles) and this makes the Classic technology closer to Prosecco.

Next comes the category for connoisseurs – Sekt “Reserve”. 18 months on lees and most importantly, the traditional champagne production method with secondary fermentation in the bottle.

The last category for connoisseurs of 89 leveled is “Grosse Reserve”. 30 months of lees aging and even stricter rules for the localization of the vineyard (down to a specific village) and production requirements.

Probably, it was possible to dwell a little more on the theory, talk about the number of permitted grape varieties and the regions of Austria where it is allowed to make these very elite Zeckts, but too much information loads and distracts us from the essence. And the essence is not in notebooks, but in glasses. At least within the framework of our blog.

See also  Leth "Duett" Riesling & Veltliner 2017 dry white - wine review from the blog Tako Vino

Now we have more understanding and knowledge, which means we can already proceed to tasting.

Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Sekt Brut Klassik

When we write about wines, we can say that wine is “simple”. But the context is always important here. Sometimes simplicity beautifies. But if there is a lot of it, then the meaning of this term may shift in the negative direction. How about it?

Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Sekt Brut Klassik review
Szigeti Grüner Veltliner Sekt Brut Klassik review

And here it is – simple, light and summer sparkling. Simple enough to be understood (and understood). With aromas of green apple, canned peach and citrus fruits, a pronounced, but not bulging shade of dough kneaded half an hour ago (remember about 9 months?). Bubbles rise confidently in the glass, turning into a pleasant soft mousse in the mouth. All this is accompanied by bright green apple-citric acidity (which it should be in the top sparkling). Well balanced and not at all aggressive brut (which, for example, many inexpensive Kavas do).

Gruner Veltliner wines often have a peppery aroma. In the description on the importer’s website, it is also indicated as characteristic of this wine. The nose was not stuffy, they sniffed and smelled – they did not find pepper. 😀 But it’s not scary – maybe you will come across. The nuances of organoleptic properties do not always have to worry to such an extent – we are not at a professional tasting, we have a holiday and we want to bubble.


🚀 SUCH WINE: 4.2 (89/100) | Vivino: 3.8


  • Type: sparkling, brut, classic method
  • Grapes: Gruner Veltliner
  • Country: Austria, Burgenland
  • Alcohol: 12.5%
  • Price: 1670 rub.
See also  Pfaffl Zweigelt vom Haus, 2018 red semi-dry

At home, wine costs 12.5 euros, which is about half the retail price in Russia. In general, if you wait for discounts or convince the manager for working with ChKO, you can safely take it. A good working version of a not trivial wine. The price of 1000-1300 rubles for this sparkling wine would be very, very adequate.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *