AT A GLANCE:
Position: No 15
Name of wine estate: Weingut Tement
Wine region: Styria
Standout points: Panoramic views from the Zieregg vineyard; proximity to wine destination restaurants Magnothek and Weinbank
Winemaker: Armin Tement
Wine style: Single-vineyard Styrian whites
The green heart of Austria
The Styria region’s verdant, vine-studded hills are among the loveliest vineyard landscapes in Europe. There can be no better place from which to experience this than Weingut Tement’s prized single-vineyard, Zieregg, a site straddling the Austrian-Slovenian border, whose panoramic views may bring out the Julie Andrews in you. For the Tement family, fossilised limestone soils of Zieregg are the best for Sauvignon Blanc, the signature white variety of the Styria region.
The generation game
This family-owned winery was founded in the early 1950s by Josef Tement. His son, Manfred, enjoyed considerable success with his wine in the 1990s, enabling him to increase the vineyard area from 2 hectares to 85. In 2008, Manfred’s son, Armin, took over in the cellar. In 2011, other son Stefan began working in the vineyards and adopted biodynamic principles.
Fine Styrian hospitality
Weingut Tement looks after its visitors with the warmest Styrian hospitality. Naturally you can visit the winery itself, where you can enjoy a guided tasting of the Tement wines, from the light, fresh Klassik range up to the Lagenwein – single-vineyard bottlings intended to highlight Styria’s prime limestone terroir. This being Styria, it’s all about white varieties – principally Sauvignon Blanc (of which Styria produces its own, unique style), Chardonnay (known here as Morillon), Pinot Blanc (Weissburgunder) and Yellow Muscat (Gelbermuskateller).
Now’s the time
Weingut Tement is also a great base from which to explore the wider Styrian region. The family recently renovated two traditional winemaker houses on the estate, and now offers six charming ‘Winzarei’ chalets for overnight visitors. When hunger strikes, check out one of two superb local wine-focused restaurants: Magnothek on top of the Zieregg, with its extensive wine cellar, and Weinbank in Ehrenhausen, where chef Gerhard Fuchs and top Austrian sommelier Christian Zach will leave no wish unfulfilled.