Sektkellerei Szigeti (pronounced ZIG-it-ee) is a sparkling wine house located in the winemaking village of Gols in Burgenland. The company began in 1990 when brothers Norbert and Peter Szigeti took over the family business. Past generations of Szigeti produced small quantities of wine in their village in a traditional mixed agriculture system. Norbert trained in enology and worked in a large sparkling wine firm in Vienna, while Peter completed hotel management school and worked both in Austria and abroad. The brothers operate Szigeti as a négociant, buying fruit from contracted growers and owning no vineyards. A broad range of wines are produced, all by méthode traditionnelle, and all made in fresh style with clear varietal expression.
Location of Vineyard
Szigeti produces wine from a number of small farms near Lake Neusiedl in Burgenland and Niederösterreich. They work closely with growers to ensure they produce reliable, high-quality sparkling wines from grapes that have been grown without chemical intervention. Varietal wines, such as the Grüner Veltliner Brut, are sourced from multiple vineyards in the Burgenland region, while specialty bottlings, like the “Adele” Blanc de Blancs come from more defined areas. At the top of their production is a series of Sekt sourced from specific terroirs called “Terroir Exclusiv.” These include wines like the Riesling Spitzer Graben Brut, a sparkling wine that clearly reflects its Wachau origin.
All Szigeti sparkling wines are produced by méthode traditionnelle, a highly labor-intensive bottle-fermentation process. For Szigeti, the process of méthode traditionnelle must not trump the integrity of the fruit. In other words, the dominant perfumes and flavors of the wines should be of the varietal, and should not be masked at all by the yeasty, fermentative flavors of secondary fermentation in bottle. Only Champagne yeasts are used throughout the vinification process and dosages are prepared using local sweet wines. Szigeti crafts sparkling wine from a dozen different varietals and the hallmark of each is clear varietal expression.