Tement

  • Sudsteiermark, Styria, Austria
Weingut Tement
  • “I am possibly repeating myself in saying that Armin Tement (supported by brother Stefan and his wife Monika as well as his parents Manfred and Heidi) has made Weingut Tement Austria’s number one wine producer. Although it has been one of the country’s finest wine addresses already during the 1990s and 2000s by Armin’s father Manfred, the son has pushed the limits even farther. In terms of size, sophisticated winemaking and the immense range of high-quality wines, I don’t see anybody else producing wine on this level in Austria...” -Stephan Reinhardt, Wine Advocate

Armin Tement happily joined his family winery in Sudsteiermark (South Styria) in 2005. His father, Manfred Tement, had over time, firmly established Weingut Tement as a benchmark producer for Styrian Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon. Manfred was one of the founders of STK (Styrian Terroir and Klassik Wine growers association) in 1986. And in 1991, Tement was recognized by the German magazine, Der Feinschmecker, for making the ‘world’s best Sauvignon Blanc’, essentially putting Tement and this small winegrowing region on the international wine map.

When Armin joined in 2005, his goal was not only to make an unequivocal Styrian wine, but also a wine that expresses, in his words, ‘Tement’s own style”. With the support of the family, Armin began following organic agriculture, eventually converting all eighty hectares over the next ten years and becoming certified organic in the 2018 vintage.

Styria is one of the three major growing regions in Austria and it’s the smallest with 4,633 hectares planted. The subregion of Sudsteiermark, or South Styria, covers 2,563 hectares and it lies on the border with Slovenia. Styria is quite different from the rest of Austria as the main white varietal is neither Grüner nor Riesling, but Sauvignon Blanc! Other white varieties also do well here, notably Gelber Muskateller, Pinot Blanc, and Morillon, the local name for Chardonnay. In Sudsteiermark, the wines are categorized by quality level, with regional wines at the entry level, village wines are a step up in quality and represent the terroir of the village, and the single vineyard wines are the pinnacle. All of the wines are labeled “Sudsteiermark DAC”. Tement makes wines from three villages, Erenhausen, Gamlitz, and Kitzeck-Sausal. And the highest quality wines are single vineyard sites which are designated either Erste Lagen or Grosse Lagen, the equivalent of premier cru or grand cru. The most famous site in Sudsteiermark is Zieregg where both Sauvignon Blanc and Morillon are planted.

Tement is specialized in making exceptional single-vineyard wines, but the flagship is the regional Sudsteiermark Sauvignon Blanc “Kalk & Kreide”. It is a blend from fifty-five sites and the name describes the main terroir, limestone and clay. Like all of their wines, the grapes are harvested by hand, undergo a maceration of twelve to twenty-four hours and then fermentation happens spontaneously with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel. “Kalk & Kreide” is aged on the lees for six months before release. The singlevineyard wines are made without any sulfur during vinification or aging. They only get a little sulfur at bottling, allowing the wines to get a full expression of their site. They are fermented and aged in large neutral oak barrels for eighteen to twenty months and are bottled without filtration.

Over the last fifteen years, the gradual changes taking place have garnered a lot of attention, but it’s worth noting that the whole family is involved. Armin works with his brother, Stefan, who joined him in 2010. His father is still working as well, although Armin officially took the reins in 2008. Armin’s wife, Monika is also involved in keeping everything running smoothly. And Armin’s mother runs the recently established B and B. Bowler is incredibly honored to welcome the Tement family and their wines to the portfolio.

Image Producer PRODUCT Description Country / Region

DB3343-20
Organic
91 JS
Tement Gelber Muskateller Sudsteiermark "Sand & Schiefer"
2020
Muskateller
This organic Gutswein (territory wine) comes from seven of the best single vineyards, grown on sandy ("Sand“) and schist ("Schiefer“) soils... Read More

DB3345-19
Organic
92 JS
Tement Morillon (Chardonnay) Sudsteiermark "Muschelkalk"
2019
Chardonnay
Known as Chardonnay in all other wine regions, only in Styria this wine is known as "Morillon".  South Styrian vineyards, predominantly... Read More
Austria

DB3372-18
Organic
Tement Morillon (Chardonnay) Sudsteiermark Sulz Erste Lage
2018
Chardonnay Austria

DB3347-18
Organic
94 WA
Tement Morillon (Chardonnay) Sudsteiermark Zieregg Grosse Lage
2018
Chardonnay
The part of single-vineyard Zieregg where the Morillon is planted changes from limestone to marl, which has more heat storage capacity and... Read More
Austria

DB3344-20
Organic
92 JS
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Sudsteiermark "Kalk & Kreide"
2020
Sauvignon Blanc
This organic Gutswein is a unique terroir mix of 55 Sauvignon Blanc parcels, mainly grown on mineralic limestone soil. After natural... Read More
Austria

DB3346-19
Organic
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Sudsteiermark Ehrenhausen "Muschelkalk"
2019
Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyards in Ehrenhausen are characterized by fertile coralline limestone soil. The mineral soil requires a particularly slow and gentle... Read More
Austria

DB3348-18
Organic
94 WA
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Sudsteiermark Grassnitzberg Erste Lage
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
Single-vineyard Grassnitzberg was the first vineyard owned by the Tement family and was planted in the early 1950's. Old vines planted in... Read More
Austria

DB3373-17
Organic
Tement Grassnitzberg Reserve "Parzelle Riff"
2017
Sauvignon Blanc Austria

DB3374-18
Organic
Tement Südsteiermark Parzellenkollektion Ried Zieregg Grosse Lage
2018
Sauvignon Blanc Austria

DB3376-18
Organic
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Südsteiermark Sernau Konig Grosse Lage
2018
Sauvignon Blanc Austria

DB3349-18
Organic
Tement Sauvignon Blanc Sudsteiermark Zieregg Grosse Lage
2018
Sauvignon Blanc
Ried Zieregg is characterized by steep slopes, old vines, and limestone. After natural fermentation, aged for 20 months on lees in big,... Read More
Austria

DB3377-18
Organic
Tement Südsteiermark Zieregg Grosse Lage "Vinothek Reserve"
2018
Sauvignon Blanc Austria