Sattlerhof is a leading producer in Austria’s South Styria region. The Sattler family was one of the earliest in the area to bottle high-quality dry white wines beginning in the 1970s. Sattlerhof belongs to the prestigious STK (Styrian Terroir and Classic Winegrowers), an association with strict quality standards and an esteemed vineyard classification.
South Styria lies in the south of Austria near the Slovenian border and specializes in aromatic and refreshing dry white wines. The vineyards of Sattlerhof are centered around the village of Gamlitz less than 10km from the Slovenian border and includes several top vineyards rated premier cru and grand cru by the STK group.
Morillon, a local synonym for Chardonnay, first arrived in Styria in the early 19th Century, courtesy of Archduke Johann von Habsburg. Ried Kapellenweingarten is the estate’s highest vineyard at an elevation of 550 meters. The high altitude contributes freshness while calcareous sand and gravely soils give the wine its structure and mineral character.
Chardonnay can display great mineral expression when grown on calcareous soils like those found in Ried Kapellenweingarten. The vineyard’s high elevation and cool microclimate give bright apple aromas and flavors framed in vibrant acidity while aging in large oak barrels bring roundness and complexity.
Chardonnay, with its creamy texture and toasted flavors, pairs well with white fish and shellfish and its naturally high acidity can counterbalance cream-based sauces. Oak-aged Chardonnay from warmer climates lends itself well to grilled fish, starches, butter, and toasted nuts.