The Steiermark

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

The variety that links the area between Hartberg in the east and Deutschlandsberg in the west is Welschriesling, with its refreshing apple fragrance and a touch of spiciness. This ‘steirische’ nose evolves into a distinctive grape-y expression with the dry Gelber Muskateller, which – and this is a little known fact – often remains fresh and vibrant for years. Also, the Traminer is a Styrian insider tip - especially when it comes from the volcanic terroir around Klöch.

Weissburgunder and Chardonnay – known here as Morillon – as well as the slightly weightier Pinot Gris are included in the Steiermark ´s varietal spectrum. But the wine producers of the Steiermark have been concentrating heavily in recent years on Sauvignon Blanc. This variety, especially from the top calcareous 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 grape variety Blauer Wildbacher. This racy rosé from the west of the Steiermark is a terroir-wine par excellence, unique and distinctive, which has earned it increasing appreciation.

A picture shows the landscape of Steiermark
© AWMB / Anna Stöcher