Welcome to the Wine Country of Southern Styria
If you know a little bit about wine, then you are in the right place. If you don’t know anything about wine, then you are in the right place to become acquainted with it. And becoming acquainted with our wine is something special, because the southern wine country of Styria is as unique as its wine!
The mild Mediterranean climate and the volcanic soil create the perfect conditions for high-quality grape harvesting year after year. Trained hands use a combination of vintner tradition and modern technology to make the most esteemed wines that know no country borders.
Bad Radkersburg has been an important trade city since antiquity and is the oldest wine city of the region. Located along the Mura river, the vintners and farmers used their wagons and river rafts to sell their wines and agricultural products in other regions. Today, Bad Radkersburg is the ideal starting point for a wine tour of a special kind.
Bad Radkersburg wine region
Bad Radkersburg is among Austria’s sunniest regions. The mild climate, the fertile volcanic soil and of course the dedicated winegrowers are responsible for premium wines being served in the Bad Radkersburg region year after year. However, the many hours of sunshine and the romantic atmosphere of Bad Radkersburg’s historic old town also caused a distinct southern lifestyle to develop here. The Parktherme spa with its special thermal water, diverse exercise offerings, cultural highlights and culinary delights in restaurants, inns, pubs and wine bars make the Bad Radkersburg region a unique holiday destination.
Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay Morillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscatel are among Styria’s most popular varieties. Unique regional specialities are also offered in Bad Radkersburg thanks to the volcanic soil: naturally the first among these is Gewürztraminer, red and yellow Traminers with a very intense bouquet. Sämling 88, Rhine Riesling and Pinot Gris are also convincing here with their special quality.
Residents of the Bad Radkersburg region do not have the word “stress” in their vocabulary. And why would they? In this glorious region with its outstanding wines, the southern climate, healthy thermal water and numerous events related to wine, only one motto dominates in the region: zest for life.
Wine-growing has a long tradition in the Bad Radkersburg region. The beginning of this intensively maintained wine culture dates back to 1448. In the town of Bad Radkersburg, the 700-year history is perceptible on just about every corner: from the Hauptplatz with its Renaissance façades to the Gothic Stadtpfarrkirche parish church and Palais Herbstorff with its resplendent arcade court. One can marvel at contemporary witnesses of the centuries-long tradition throughout the Bad Radkersburg region. The Klöch castle ruin, the “castrum Haldenrain” or the finds on the Königsberg in Tieschen are just some examples of the region’s historic dimension.
Styrian volcanic region winegrowers
The Styrian volcanic wine-growing region extends from the district of Südoststeiermark with the large wine-growing communities of Tieschen, Klöch, St. Anna am Aigen, Straden and St. Peter am Ottersbach through Weiz to Hartberg-Fürstenfeld. It can look back over several names in its history. Beginning with Klöch-Oststeiermark, it was renamed to Südoststeiermark and finally Vulkanland Steiermark. The renaming to Vulkanland Steiermark took into account the highly successful effect of the “Steirisches Vulkanland” brand on the one hand and the great importance of the soil for wine-growing on the other hand. Around 40 volcanoes define the Styrian volcanic region and therefore the landscape of gently rolling hills.
Winegrowers cultivate numerous grape varieties on about 1650 hectares of vineyards. Welschriesling, a Styrian brand name, is the main variety. However, the Burgundy family with the Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris varieties is important for the region and the many winegrower cooperatives. Traminer is another leading variety in the Styrian volcanic region. Muscatel, Sauvignon Blanc, Sämling 88, Müller Thurgau and Riesling complete the extensive selection of white wine varieties. But red wines are also of great importance here. The Pannonian climate influence provides many hours of sunshine and therefore ideal conditions for growing Blauer Zweigelt.
Numerous winegrower cooperatives and close solidarity are trademarks of the region. Klöch has a group of winegrowers under the “Klöcher Traminer” brand, 6 winegrowers from Straden have joined to form the “Grauburgunder Straden” and there are the 12 TAU winegrowers in Tieschen. The Sekt-Anna winegrowers from St. Anna am Aigen like it sparkling while the 7 Eruption winegrowers are scattered over the entire Südoststeiermark region. One can get to know the feminine side of wine with the Weinblüten, an association of up-and-coming young female winegrowers. All of them together organise the Terra Vulcania wine festival in St. Anna am Aigen taking place on July 1st in 2017.
Numerous thermal springs, the Gesamtsteirische Vinothek wine shop, 4 wine routes and fascinating wine hiking trails such as the Weinweg der Sinne in St. Anna am Aigen, the Traminer-Weg in Klöch or the TAU-Weg der Riede in Tieschen provide a varied offering for visitors to the region.
The Styrian volcanic region – diverse, tradition-conscious but nevertheless innovative. The culinary diversity and down-to-earth attitude of the people invite you to linger.
Exceptional position for Klöch and Tieschen
The wine-growing region in combination with the soil and climate conditions assumes a special position. Even in the spring, vegetation develops with a “head start” of one to two weeks that is maintained into the autumn. This causes the grapes around Klöch and Tieschen to reach physiological maturity earlier. That also explains the extremely low acidity values of grapes from the Südoststeiermark, since they are “exposed” to the hot season for a very long time. They also have a higher sugar content and therefore often higher alcohol values compared to other regions, or they are fermented with more residual sugar. This is very good for the Klöcher Traminers in particular, but also for other grape varieties – red wines for example – that benefit from this microclimate. With certain grape varieties intended to be defined by the primary fruit, winegrowers attempt to compensate for the natural conditions with an early harvest.
Just over the border – to Slovenia
Jeruzalem and Ljutomer are the leading communities in Slovenia’s classic wine country. Jeruzalem is a small place at an elevation of 338m with a fantastic panorama view over the hills covered in vineyards. A few beautiful houses are grouped around the pilgrimage church of the Sorrowful Mother of God. The community owes its biblical name to the image of the Mother of God, brought from the Holy Land by pilgrims in the Middle Ages.
According to legend, knights who wanted to join a crusade to Jerusalem determined here that their funds would not be sufficient for crossing the Adriatic and Mediterranean. So they decided to remain in this pleasant region and gave the place the name of the Holy Land’s capital. During the imperial-royal monarchy, the wine-growing region around Jeruzalem had a reputation for the very best vineyard locations.