Het verband van Duitse predikaats-wijngoederen (VDP) heeft nu ook een classificatie voor Duitse sekt ingevoerd. Inmiddels hebben 195 producenten hun handtekening gezet onder het sekt-statuut, waarin is vastgelegd aan welke eisen de wijn geacht wordt te voldoen. Het classificatie-systeem is hetzelfde als al voor de stille wijnen is ingevoerd: Gutsekt, Ortssekt, Erste Lage en Grosse Lage. De VDP bericht:
The VDP.German Prädikat Wine Estates continue their commitment to highest wine quality and seek to achieve higher recognition of German sekt (sparkling wine). The VDP established their first VDP.Sekt Classification at their general assembly in Oberwesel. Now 195 of the best German wine estates are united in the high quality criteria that they apply to their wines and now transmit these criteria to their new VDP.SEKT.STATUTE for the production of sparkling wines.
The VDP.Sekt Classification mirrors the VDP.Origin pyramid for wine classification with the category levels VDP.GUTSSEKT, VDP.ORTSSEKT, VDP.ERSTE LAGE® and VDP.GROSSE LAGE®. This shall enable VDP.Members to clearly highlight the quality and status of there sekt in the future. The sekt classification stipulates stringent quality criteria that are modelled after the strict regulations for champagne production.
Firstly, traditional bottle fermentation is mandatory for all four VDP.Origin categories. VDP.GUTSSEKT and VDP.ORTSSEKT must remain at least 15 months on the yeast. The single-vineyard VDP.ERSTE LAGE® and VDP.GROSSE LAGE® sekt and all vintage sekt must spend a minimum of 36 months on the yeast. All grapes are picked early by hand and must stem from estate vineyards. Regulations are also set for the alcohol content of the base wine and the maximal volume of juice crushed from grapes. All of the strict VDP.Regulations are applied to the sekt base wine and described in the specification guidelines.
The focus of the VDP.Quality strategy is “good sekt from the beginning”. The VDP.German Prädikat Wine Estates are committed to producing sparkling wines according to the VDP.SEKT.STATUTE, which stipulates that wines must stem from well-suited vineyards that are cultivated specifically for sekt production from pruning to a conscientiously selected early picking date, which is traditional for high-quality sparkling wines.
“The strict quality criteria of the VDP.SEKT.STATUTE meet the highest international expectations. The VDP thus reinforces its pioneering role as a guarantor and champion of highest wine and now also sparkling wine enjoyment,” states VDP.President Steffen Christmann. Recognition of German sekt has increased among both domestic and international wine enthusiasts in recent years, yet the term German sekt remains very broad. “We want to provide a quality compass to wine consumers at home and abroad with our VDP.SEKT.STATUTE. This should lend a means of orientation when making a selection from the wide range of products available on the wine shelf,” says Christmann.