Through wine, Zsolt Sütó hopes to achieve self-awareness. A return to what he considers long forgotten values- understanding nature and oneself, the ability to accept something different, and that cheapness, comfort, and conformity are not and should not be guiding principles. Sütó strives to return to the ancient roots of winemaking; to create wines that require an open mind to enjoy. In his own words, wine “to which nothing has been added, and nothing has been taken away.” If you have preconceived notions of what a glass of wine should be, his wine will challenge them.
Strekov 1075, founded in 2002, focuses on terroir wines, expressive of the Strekov village, located in south-west Slovakia. All of the vineyard work is done by hand, and indigenous grapes of Central Europe are preferred. The wines are fermented spontaneously without any intervention, with no sulfur added, and are macerated on skins. Sütó has gone as far removing wire rods and poles from 5 ha of his 12 ha vineyard, training grapes to grow closer to the soil, believing they will express terroir more clearly with the proximity to the earth.
These wines have a lot of depth and complexity- they’re bold and unique.
A non-vintage cuvée of skin-fermented white wines that were aged under flor, always with typical savory nutty notes.
Vineyard: Blend of different plots, all organic certified and farmed by Zsolt himself. The soil consists of clay-loam with a high amount of calcium on marine sediments subsoil.
Grapes: the current #7 is a blend of Aurelius (a Czech cross of Neuburger and Riesling) 2019, Devín(a Slovak cross of Gewurtztraminer and Roter Veltliner) 2020 and 2021 and Welschriesling 2019
Making of: all grapes are hand-harvested and destemmed. A blend of different wines from different vintages, each treated as was best for it, with different maceration times. Aged in old oak barrels, usually untopped and with developed flor, until they’re blended together and bottled. (January 2022 for the current #7 iteration.) The wine is bottled unfined and unfiltered, no sulfur added.
Personality: as Zsolti says, fly through the time to your grandparents ́ barn (Porta) and dust off the values of your ancestors… Orange wine whose complexity comes from the diverse characters of the different vintages used. Wine dedicated to moments of meditation and well-being.” So opening a bottle of Porta an act self-care, basically!
-Jenny & Francois