Austria gets into the quality Fizz with three new categories.
Austria has introduced a three tier quality pyramid for its Sekt sparkling wines with three new categories from Klassik at the bottom level, Reserve in the middle, up to the top quality level Grosse Reserve.
The Austrian Wine Board say the quality scale is intended to communicate clear information to consumers about the point of origin and the style of certified quality to be anticipated.
The three categories cover production method and the minimum amount of time spent on lees (dead yeast cells).
The Klassik category means Sekt that has been made from grapes harvested in one region, that has been made by any suitable method allowed and matured for a minimum of nine months on its lees.
The Reserve category is for wines made from grapes harvested in one state and exclusively made by traditional method with a minimum of 18 months on lees.
The top category, Grosse Reserve, is for wines made from grapes harvested in a single municipality, exclusively bottle fermented and with a minimum 30 months aged on lees.