Germany is the biggest sparkling wine consuming market in the world and 80% is satisfied by sekt.
- Grapes – no limitations but most important Riesling, PB and PN.
- Vinification – mostly tank method, some premium wines are made by traditional method. Carbonation is not permitted.
- Min alcohol – 10%
- Min pressure – 3.5 bar
Different kind of sekts
Best article written about sekt by Romana Echensperger (MW) on Guildsomm. Read here >
Sekt made in Germany
- Made in Germany from grapes that are grown outside Germany
- The majority of German Sekt is made from inexpensive base wine from outside Germany, mainly Italy, France and Spain. Grapes need to come from an EU country.
- Produced in Germany from base wines made of grapes grown in Germany
- Cross-regional blends are allowed if no region is specified
Deutscher Sekt BA
- BA means Bestimmte Anbaugebiet
- Base wines must come from one of the 13 BAs
- Indication of BA needed
- Region also allowed if at least 85% from the wine is from that appellation
- Deutscher sekt (BA) not necessarily bottle fermented
- Top category by law because Winersekt must be hand-picked and bottle fermented
- Single vintage and single variety
- 9 months aging sur lie
- Grapes grown by the estate
- Producers are allowed to let a co-op make the Winzersekt
Nice story: Matthieu Kauffman went from Bollinger (Champagne) to Von Buhl (Pfalz).