The Steiermark - Styria
This is a region of Austria which is generally less well known to many overseas visitors. Graz has a modern regional airport and there are 'feeder' flights to other major European 'hub' airports. Motorway connections to the area are first class.
Map of the Steiermark and Burgenland
South Steiermark sunset
The 8 Styrian wine routes are among the most famous culinary destinations in Styria. Throughout the wine region of Styria regional wine specialties can be tasted on the spot.
Oststeirische Römerweinstraße - East Styrian Roman wine route
The East Styrian Roman wine route is Austria's longest continuous wine road with many attractions and culinary highlights.
The route runs from the village on Hartberg to Bad Waltersdorf and follows the 2000 year old traces of viticulture in the Roman period. It is a fascinating example of sights and especially culinary specialties of the region, quality wines such as URBANUS ® as “the” East Styrian Römerweinstraße wine about apples, pears and delicious snack and treats. You can find over 70 Buschenschenken (taverns) and restaurants along the route.
Oststeirische Römerweinstraße - Winetasting at Villa-Rustica
The Klöcher Wine Route
Vulkanlandwarte at Frutten-Giesel
The Klöcher Weinstraße begins in Bad Radkersburg. It leads north to Pölten, the wine route splits into two. The western route takes you to the market town of Klöch, which is known for the world's best Traminerwines, past the wine museum through Klöchberg to Tieschen and Pichla.
The eastern route leads to Gruisla, past Hochwart through Deutsch-Haseldorf and from there to Pichla, where both wine routes reunite. From there past Frutten-Gießelsdorf, Plesch to St. Anna am Aigen, Kapfenstein and Mahrensdorf. Klöcher Wine Route terminates in the town of Fehring.
The Klöcher Wine Route is well signposted. There is a 30 meter high viewing tower, called Vulkanlandwarte, in the municipality of Frutten-Giesel, from where you have a beautiful panoramic view of this wine region.
The Südoststeirische Hügelland-Weinstraße begins in Frutten-Gießelsdorf leading off the Klöcher Weinstraße and leads to the west. Past the Klapotetz in Straden toward Wieden and on to vineyards past Hofstätten. On top the Kalvarienberg enjoy a beautiful view of the Koralpen reserve and Slovenia. The South East Styrian Hill Country Wine Trail ends in St. Peter am Ottersbach. The wine route is well signposted, the narrow road winds between hills, houses and villages.
A Route for Connoisseurs
The Thermenland-Weinstraße is a continuation of the Klöcher Weinstraße. It continues from Fehring through Unterlamm, Stein, Loipersdorf, Übersbach, Bergen, Maierhofberg, Großwilfersdorf to Herrenberg. From there along the Höhenrücken ridge on the Markt Hartmannsdorf and over the "Saurüssel" in the direction of Feldbach to the north-west of Riegersburg castle to Stang, Hatzendorf, Brunn and back to Fehring.
The Styrian city Ligist is the starting point of the Schilcherweinstraße. It leads over Hochgrail, home of the ruby-red Schilcher, to Stainz and Deutschlandsberg and ends in Eibiswald. The ruby-red Schilcherland wine comes from this region of Styria. The Schilcherweinstraße is very well signposted - brown coloured signs with a white horse logo (the Schilcher trademark) are quite visible along the “Schilcher Weinstraße”.
Particularly appealing at the beginning of the wine road just past Ligist is the area around Stainz and Lestein. There the Schilcherweinstraße passes over hills to steep vineyards and offers beautiful views of the surrounding vineyards and Schilcherland landscapes. Looking at the vineyards from the road one immediately notices the rose-colored vines.
Many Buschenschänke (wine taverns) and wineries are to be found in the first half of the Schilcherweinstraße.
The Südsteirische Weinstraße is the oldest and most famous wine route in Styria.
1.8 km right side of the road
A special feature of the Styrian Wine Road is a 2.5 km long stretch where that the middle of the road also is the border between Austria and Slovenia; a kind of "the neutral street" or “no-man’s road”.
Furthermore, the density of quality outlets on the South Styrian Wine Road is very high.
Places along the South Styrian Wine Road
The South Styrian Wine Road can be accessed from multiple locations:
Famous Places along the South Styrian Wine Road are places Berghausen, Langegg, Ratsch, Sulztal, Glanz, Schloßberg und Eichberg-Trautenburg.
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