White, registered in 1941; 233 ha; 1.25 % of the vineyard plantings
The indications of the origin of this old grape variety are in Loire valley, Bordeaux and Southwestern parts of France. Ferdinand Regner from HBLAuBA in Klosterneuburg points out that grape variety might be a spontaneous crossing of Traminer x Chenin Blanc. Sauvignon is suitable for warm climates, although it ripens quite early, it can perform well if not overexposed to overwhelming heat. It should be planted on poor, preferably gravely soils. On rich fertile soils it can grow too vigorously. High humidity levels have a positive influence on the creation of pleasant aromatic characteristics.
Depending on location, conditions of particular year and vinification methods used the aromatic character of young greenish yellow colored Sauvignon can vary from being herbal and nettle, also with green pepper notes to rippen fresh garden fruit aromas of blackcurrant, apricots, gooseberry even bit more exotic tones of kiwi or lemon. Taste is very attractive, with lively and supporting acidity.
Quality akostné odrodové víno is produced, as well as dry attribute wines - kabinetné (Kabinett), neskorý zber (late harvest) and výber z hrozna (grapes selection). If these wines spent certain time in new oak, it is indicated on the label as Barikové (Barrique). Variety is also rarely used for the production of sparkling wine.
More rare dry bobuľový výber (grapes selection) stand at very high concentration and alcohol levels reaching more than 14 %, very rare hrozienkový výber (choice of sultanas) produced only by few wine makers has already higher content of residual sugar – polosladké (semi sweet) to sladké (sweet).