Richard Stávek is experimental and insightful, producing wine in the South Moravia region of the Czech Republic since the 1990’s. Stávek has 15 hectares of land in South Moravia, 4.5 of which are dedicated to his vineyard. The rest is home to animal life, sea buckthorn bushes, berries for brandy, and more. His vineyard is home to mostly indigenous grape varieties, many of which are field blended in his wines.
He is a co-founder of Autentisté, a group of natural winemakers in the Czech Republic rooted in Central European tradition and focused on producing terroir-driven wines. In a region primarily known in the beverage world for beer, Stávek and his fellow winemakers take pride in producing wines truly representative of their land. Autentisté insists on low-yield production using hand-picked grapes, with organic farming practices and, in the cellar, natural fermentation with no added yeasts, low sulfur, and no genetically modified organisms or additives.
The wine is a field blend comprising: Riesling Italico (15%), Gruener Veltliner (25%), Traminer (15%), Muller Thurgau (25%), Neuburger (5%), Pinot blanc (5%), Malvasia (10%). Grapes are hand harvested and whole bunches are fermented in 380, 500 and 800-liter open topped wood tanks for about 14 days with only indigenous yeast. The grapes are foot stomped after fermentation completes, where it then spend 10 months in elevage in 300 and 600-liter barrels, with battonage performed about 6 times. The wine has zero sulfur added and is unfiltered and unfined.
– Jenny & Francois