I’ve visited many wine regions around the world, from the Yarra Valley in Victoria, Australia to Stellenbosch in South Africa, and Tuscany in Italy to the Napa Valley in California. One wine region I recently visited turned out to be a wonderful surprise: South Styria in the southeastern corner of Austria, about a two-hour drive south of Vienna. The region is characterised by gentle, rolling hills covered with row after row of vines, and patches of forests. In between, there are picturesque villages, cozy inns and lovely wine taverns. I must admit that I hadn’t heard of South Styria before my visit but after several days there, I was convinced: this is one gorgeous wine region you should know about!
The South Styrian Wine Road
The South Styrian Wine Road (map) was created to connect the various wine-producing areas in the region and runs from Glanz-Leutschach – Gamlitz-Ehrenhausen to Strass, passing countless vineyards and wine taverns as well as quaint villages, meadows and lush forests. The region produces unique Sauvignon Blanc wines – due to the region’s distinct terroir, this varietal tastes very different from the typical dry, zesty Sauvignon Blancs – as well as Riesling, Muskateller, Traminer, Morillon (a local Chardonnay variety) and Weissburgunder. Check out the video of my trip around this stunning region:
The fabulous wines and food, cozy accommodations, beautiful villages and gorgeous landscapes make the South Styrian Wine Road a delight to explore. Furthermore, the Wein Taxi (wine taxi) ensures that you get around the region safely, especially when you’ve been out wine-tasting!
If you’re the more active type, you could hire a bicycle or an e-bike to explore the hilly region or hike along one of the many paths that criss-cross the region. Along the way, drop by at one of the many buschenschanks (wine tavern). These taverns are popular with locals and visitors alike who drop by for some wine and food (mostly cheese, meat and vegetable platters; no hot meals are served at these taverns). The taverns are a great place to mingle with the friendly locals – some even offer simple accommodation for visitors.
Note: my trip to South Styria was part of the #AustrianTime campaign organised by iambassador with the Austrian National Tourist Office. As always, all views mentioned above are mine, and mine only.