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.

Here, the determining factor is the contrast between warm days and cool nights. The former is due to the influence of the southern Illyrian climate. The steep hillsides in turn – some two thirds of the area under vines in the Steiermark is located in the so-called ‘Mountain Wine Zone‘ – provide a cooling effect.

The variety that links the area between Hartberg in the east and Deutschlandsberg in the west is simple 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. Also, the Traminer is a Styrian insider tip - especially when it comes from the volcanic terroir around Klöch.

 

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