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Site classification

Site classification

The quality of the wines is very strongly dependent on the site in which the grapes are grown. That's how each wine develops its own character and its own personality.
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Site classification

Different sites bring different qualities when they are cultivated in the same way, meaning you can see that certain vineyards bring forth higher quality wines than others every year. This observation was made by the Cistercian monks in Burgundy as early as the 14th century. As a consequence, the word “terroir” was coined and the first “crus” defined.

You could define good sites using certain known parameters, but in the end it’s a complex interplay of all factors – otherwise known as the terroir – that makes a site and the wines grown there special.

By terroir we mean the coming together of all conditions, which have influence over the vine and therefore also the grapes in their development. These include climate, soil, hillside gradient, sun radiation, temperature, day-night temperature fluctuations, rainfall and distribution of rainfall, soil composition, water permeability, hours of sunlight and the winemaker’s philosophy.

When creating a site classification, the terroir of the individual site is at the forefront.

The charter of quality assurance

Highest quality

We produce premium international wines with unique character on special sites with an abundance of passion and patience.

 

Best sites

We exclusively use qualitatively well-suited sites for our wines, which have had their quality determined through topography, climate/microclimate, soil and many years of experience.

 

Traditional grape varieties

We exclusively use traditional grape varieties, which have been planted in the optimum site for their respective variety.

 

Focus

Our classification of wines and sites is strongly dominated by quality.

 

Sustainable, natural production in harmony with nature

We produce our wines in an exclusively sustainable and natural way, as our soil and its health in particular is the most important commodity of our winery.

 

Tradition spanning many years

Tradition and the transfer of knowledge from one generation to the next is especially important to us and forms the basis for the understanding of terroir and the vinification of high-quality and long-keeping wines. Our innovation is always rooted in tradition.

 

Limiting yield and taking good care of the vineyards

The yield regulation, which starts during pruning process, and the intensive care of the vineyards during the year mean that the grapes we receive have a good concentration of aroma and minerality.

 

Gentle processing, calmness and patience

Our grapes are gently processed and treated in the cellar with plenty of patience and expertise. We let them rest and mature until the optimum time has come for their bottling.

Classification

Estate wine – fresh and fruity

Estate wines form the entry level to the quality pyramid.

These wines are fermented in a steel tank and are particularly fresh and fruity.

The identification on the label goes on the grape variety or brand name (e.g. Skoffignon) or grape variety with classique addition.

The wines are vinified dry.

 

Local and terroir wines – fruity and mineral-rich

The grapes originate from high-quality hillsides with lots of character within an area.

The wines are fruity and mineral-rich, whereby the shelf life on the fine lees particularly supports the elegance and expression of the minerality.

The identification on the label goes on the name of the site or the addition of the word “terroir”. The wines are vinified dry.

 

First class site

This refers to top class, high hillside sites, which bring forth autonomous wines that are full of character and especially typical of the sites and regions.

The harvest takes place in several harvesting rounds through a selective hand-picking process when the grapes are physiologically ripe.

The wines are vinified dry.

The identification on the label cites the name of the site and variety of grape.

 

Large site

High hillside sites with the highest quality and most individual terroir, which bring forth wines with particularly distinctive characters and high maturing potential.

This involves soil that fosters a particularly marked minerality in the wine – high proportion of crushed rock, shell limestone, lime marl, sand or a combination of these.

The harvest takes place in several harvesting rounds through a selective hand-picking process when the grapes are physiologically ripe.

The selected grapes are healthy and free of botrytis. The wines are vinified dry.

The identification on the label cites the name of the site and variety of grape.

 

Royal

These involve a selection of the best grapes from the first and largest sites.

The harvest takes place in several harvesting rounds through a selective hand-picking process when the grapes are physiologically ripe.

The wines are vinified dry. The identification on the label cites “royal” and the variety of grape.

Contact Info

Kontakt Weingut – EN
  • SKOFF ORIGINAL - Walter Skoff
    Eckberg 16, A-8462 Gamlitz
  • T: +43(0) 3453/42 43
  • Opening times office/vinothek
    Monday until Friday: 8:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 - 18:00.
    Saturday: 10:00 - 18:00.
    Sunday and Holiday: 9:00 - 16:00.