and his wines
Our wines are unique – you can taste that with every mouthful. You can taste the soil, the sun, the landscape and the passion we put into our work. In every mouthful you’ll recognise Krispel and with each mouthful our wines become even more special – jewels to be treasured. It has taken Stefan Krispel just a few years to become one of the most charismatic winemakers in Austria. His single-vineyard wines are now celebrated beyond the borders of Austria.
I was put in charge of my first grape harvest at the age of 18. I had a wealth of ideas in this connection. I become totally motivated to give it my all. My rigorous attitude is now bearing fruit. I’ve very nearly achieved my ambition – to make the perfect wine.Stefan Krispel
THE QUALITY SYSTEM AT KRISPEL WINERY
The new Austrian regional typicity system (DAC) that was introduced in 2018 brought with it clearly defined rules with regard to origin labelling and production of Styrian wines and has helped emphasise the characteristics of the various regions.
A wine that comes from the Vulkanland Steiermark region is guaranteed not only to be made from grapes grown here but also to be of high quality as a result of 100% manual harvesting and sufficient ageing in cellars.
The nine standard grape varieties typical for Styria are now offered in three qualities that define origin – ‘Gebiet – Ort – Riede’, i.e. regional, village and single vineyard.
Other quality wines bear the seal ‘Steiermark Weine’ and these are made by Stefan Krispel in accordance with the quality rules outlined above.
In June 2021, a group of winemakers of this Styrian volcanic growing region, the ‘Eruptionswinzer’, decided to get together to have their own vineyard quality classification system registered under private law. Quality was assessed for the first time in Austria by an external certification institute. The prestigious LACON GmbH classified the vineyards of the Eruptionswinzer in the categories ‘Erste Lage’ (Premier Cru) and ‘Grosse Lage’ (highest quality vineyard).