The Steiermark

The Steiermark, or Styria, has a very special culinary identity with wine as its highlight. The typically Austrian freshness reaches its culmination point in the hilly countryside landscape. Nowhere else in the world are there wines of such smooth precision, aromatic brilliance and robust piquancy.
 

A picture shows a landscape at Steiermark
© AWMB / Armin Faber

The varietal that links the area between Hartberg and Deutschlandsberg is  Welschriesling, with its refreshing apple fragrance and a touch of spiciness. This "Steirische" nose evolves into a distinctive grapy expression with the dry Gelber Muskateller, which – and this is a little known fact - often remains unchanged for years.  Also, the Traminer is a Styrian “secret tip” - especially when it comes from the volcanic terroir around Klöch.
Weißburgunder and Chardonnay - which is known here as "Morillon" – as well as the slightly weightier Pinot Gris are included in the Steiermark´s varietal spectrum. But the winemakers of the Steiermark have been concentrating heavily in recent years on Sauvignon Blanc. This varietal, especially from the calcareous top sites embracing the steep hills of Südsteiermark (South Styria), develops a special dimension and style. Still, the impressive Styrian wine family includes also the "Schilcher", which is made from the Blauer Wildbacher grape. This racy rosé from the west of the Styrian wine-growing region is a terroir wine par excellence, enhanced by the appreciation for and dedication to its uniqueness.