The Schauer Winery is located in Kitzeck, in the South Styrian region of Sausal and at 564 meters above sea level. It is the highest altitude winemaking region in Austria and one of the highest in all Central Europe. With roots reaching back to 1757, the winery is now run by brothers Stefan and Bernhard Schauer.
The labor-intensive work in the 19 hectare, Schauer vineyards is done 100% by hand with the estate’s steep slopes with grades of 60% to 90% being particularly labor intensive. Grown on slate, shale and limestone soils, the smoky, spicy, character of Schauer’s wines express themself with concentrated minerality and herbal notes throughout the range of Schauer’s production.
Sauvignon Blanc sets the tone for the winery in various, vineyard specific, expressions, along with Riesling and Burgundian varieties; Weissburgunder (Pinot Blanc,) Pinot Gris, Muscat and Morillon (Chardonnay.) The 14 hectare, Gaisriegl is the largest and most important cru, among Schauer’s, all estate vineyards, joined by Kittenberg, Hochegg and Mellacher. The designation “Schiefergerstein” represents production from vineyards grown on Schauer’s steepest, slate dominant slopes.
The Schauer Weissbugunder is a fresh, crisp expression of the Pinot Blanc grape with a bright, taut, mouth feel and a complex, fruit driven, mineral character. Aromas of apple, pear and nuts echo the bouquet with distinct, persistent, mineral notes, firm, juicy structure and lively, elegant acidity on the palate.
Total production: 110 cases
Total production: 1000 cases
One of Schauer’s flagship wines, the Gaisriegl Sauvignon Blanc is a majestic wine from the Schauer estate’s steepest, slate vineyard and oldest vines. It is medium-green in color with aromas of ripe gooseberries, rhubarb and notes of blossom honey. In the mouth, the wine displays precise, complex flavors of white tropical fruit, guava and lychee with hints of salinity, typical of Schauer’s wines. The wine is elegantly structured with minerality, balanced acidity and a persistent finish.
Total production: 50 cases