German Sekt is a German sparkling wine made using the traditional method, similar to Champagne and Cava. It is made from several grape varieties, including Riesling, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc.
The production process begins with the harvesting and pressing of the grapes, which are fermented in stainless steel tanks to produce a base wine. The wine is then bottled with a mixture of yeast and sugar, and a second fermentation takes place in the bottle, creating carbon dioxide and creating the wine's characteristic bubbles.
After fermentation, the bottles are aged on their lees for several months, giving the wine more complex flavors and aromas. The wine is then strained, a process in which the bottle is gradually rotated to collect the yeast sediment in the neck of the bottle, and disgorged, where the sediment is removed from the bottle.
German Sekt can be made in a variety of styles, from dry to sweet, with dry and non-dry being the most popular. It is often drunk as an aperitif and is also a popular choice for parties and special occasions.
Le Connaisseur carries an extensive range of German Sekt wines from, among others: Henkell, Dr. Loosen, Gustavshof and Zellertaler Keller.