Erwin Sabathi is counted among a small group of young vintners who are already ranked among the best in Austria. He works alongside his two brothers; Gert shares the duties in the vineyards and in the cellar and Christoph handles the business of the business. Barely out of their twenties, they are already busily transforming the family winery, which boasts cellars dating back to the 17th century, into a modern monolith of winemaking. The new vast premises are fully equipped with the latest technologies and the building reaches deep into the side of one of the rolling hills that this region is famed for. It's a design that keeps the beauty of the “Tuscany of Austria” intact while serving the growing demand for their top quality wines. This fast-track forward mentality is perhaps due to the fact that, by Austrian standards, the Sabathi's are newcomers to winemaking: Erwin and his brothers are (just) the third generation, the family having arrived in Styria in 1938.
95% of the 30 acres of vineyards are planted with white grape varietals, making them white wine specialists. From the Pössnitzberg and Poharnig vineyards come beautifully clear and ripe Sauvignon Blancs and Chardonnays. Those named for the single vineyard they come from are exceptional and are rivaled only by those in the “Merveilleux” line, all of them getting scores in the mid-90's from the Austrian wine guide Falstaff.
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