Sauvignon Blanc

Jakobi

The “Old Farmer’s Calendar” on the label of this Sauvignon Blanc tells us about the vintage in which it was made. Jakobi is deeply rooted in our region.

The aromatic and elegant Sauvignon Blanc tells us about the year in which it was grown, using the symbols of the Old Farmer’s Calendar. vAlso called ‘Mandlkalender’, it was originally intended for use by the illiterate and remains a cultural heritage of Styria. Supplemented by our own symbols of viticulture, the label recounts the conditions that prevailed in the corresponding vintage.

The namesake Jakobus (St. James) is venerated with his own feast, Jakobitag, which is still celebrated in our village. On July 25th each year, Ratsch and the entire region celebrates the setting up of the wind wheels (or ‘Klapotetz’): their rattle is meant to keep the hungry birds away.

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Jakobi Sauvignon Blanc is both lively and harmonious. Its accessible style makes it just perfect for many occasions. A piece of Südsteiermark in the glass!

Stephan Picillini,
certified sommelier

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Frost in April, a full moon shortly before blossom, hail in August or the end-of-harvest party in October: each year has its own features that all go into the taste of the wine.

Jakobi & the Old Farmer’s Calendar

With its symbols of the Old Farmer’s Calendar, a unique cultural heritage of Styria, the label of Jakobi tells us of the vintage in which it matured: from frost to blossoming, and on to the harvest. The so-called ‘Mandlkalender’ was produced in the mid-18th century for the illiterate population and has survived nearly unchanged to this day. It interprets the weather, the lunar phases as well as saints’ and feast days. Unlike the Old Farmer’s Calendar, the symbols of the Jakobi calendar refer to the past rather than the future.

With its weather symbols, the lunar phases and our own viticultural icons, the label summarizes the important events of the year in which the wine was made.

The symbols of the Farmer’s Calendar at a glance

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Jakobi is a Sauvignon Blanc, perhaps the most important variety of Südsteiermark. We love to drink it when spending a cosy evening with friends. Jakobi is also best before or with a meal.

Gross & Gross

The making
of Jakobi

Inspired by the ‘Mandlkalender’ in grandma’s kitchen, the Gross brothers ventured to find a sophisticated label for Jakobi.

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“For as long as we know, the Old Farmer’s Calendar with its little men, signs and figures hung in grandma’s kitchen. It is thus also called Mandlkalender (little men’s calendar) and it fascinated us from our early childhood days. We loved to look up the weather forecast, the lunar phases and whose feast day it was today”, remembers Veronika.

These memories probably led Veronika, Johannes and Michael in 2011 to what their father describes as the “first joint project of my children”. After the takeover, the brothers Johannes and Michael wanted to add something new to the existing product range. Together the three siblings “invented” Jakobi: a wine that was to clearly stand apart from the classical visual appearance of the winery and establish itself within it as an individual brand.

Jakobi: a tell-tale label

During their research into the “Old Farmer’s Calendar”, the siblings discovered an ancient woodcut from the pre-printing period: a forerunner of the Farmer’s Calendar that depicted the whole year on a rectangular surface.

The siblings then enlarged the weather and lunar symbols to include their own viticultural icons. Each important event of the vintage, from budding to harvest time, from hailstorm to heatwave, can thus be linked to a special day. As the annual cycle changes from year to year, the label of Jakobi is renewed every year.

The namesake Jakobi (St. James Day)

It soon became clear that this should be a regional-typical Sauvignon Blanc. Finding a name definitely took longer. But when Michael came up with „Jakobi“, the three immediately agreed. In our village Ratsch, Jakobi is celebrated like a holiday on 25th July. That St. James is also our weather patron made things all the easier for us. 

We feel particularly honoured to be able to use a protected cultural heritage as the Old Farmers’s Calendar for our Jakobi brand.

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Jakobiwanderung

Join us on our annual vineyard walk? More information available from the Tourist Office.

Let’s celebrate in Ratsch

Jakobi Day

When the grapes start to ripen and the wind wheels are turning, then winemakers in South Styria celebrate Jakobi, the day of St. James, hereabouts patron of the weather. The rhythmic rattle of the wind wheel (or ‘Klapotetz’) is meant to keep the birds off the ripening grapes. Each 25th July, Ratsch organizes the traditional Jakobi walk around the South Styrian wine road. It leads across the hills around Ratsch, from one food-and-drink stop to the next. The highlight of the day is the installation of the wind wheels and the ensuing party! Pictures and more info on facebook.

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