• Klapotetz (a kind of scarecrow) in southern Styria

    South Styrian Wine Road

    "Styrian blood is not raspberry juice," is a popular saying in Styria. On the South Styrian Wine Road, you can see for yourself that it is indeed only the wine that counts here.

    Young and old

    Contemporary viticultural architecture defines the landscape here alongside beautifully revitalized building culture. The way in which the vineyards, orchards, forests and fields have been cultivated for generations and the way in which established customs have been preserved is still visible. This has not changed until today.

    Buschenschankjause in the vineyard in southern Styria with Klapotetz (Dreisiebner Winery)

    A charming spot on earth

    More than 60 years South Styrian Wine Road

    Many compliments are paid to the South Styrian Wine Road: hospitable people, cultivated vineyards, fresh-fruity wines, excellent Buschenschänken or the "Klapotetz" (windmill) as a visible landmark are omnipresent and determine the rhythm of life - of locals as well as of visitors.

    One can hardly get enough of this magnificent landscape with its steeply sloping vineyards and the narrow, winding roads.

    The approximately 25 kilometer (16 mi) long road between Ehrenhausen and Leutschach leads through the largest wine-growing region in Styria. The fact that the wine road also runs along the state border of Slovenia for a few kilometers makes it even more unique.


    You can taste the region in our wine

    Kögl family winery

    "You can already see the seeds shining through!" - roaming through her vineyards with Tamara Kögl is an experience. You also get served an extra portion of passion. And that's even before the snack is served up in the "Moajörgl" - the 300-year-old, artfully restored parlor, where it's best to enjoy a glass of Sauvignon blanc from the winery's own vineyards.

    It is particularly important to the winemaker that you can taste the identity of the region from the wine. "Every slope tastes different," she smiles.

    Those who don't want to drive after enjoying the excellent wines can spend the night in one of four guest rooms or in the rustic barrel room right next to the vines.

    Winery Kögl (German only)

    Winemaker from childhood

    Katharina Tinnacher literally grew into the winemaking profession: Her father, a winemaker like his father, gave her five vines as a child. She was supposed to tend them independently in order to realise what that meant. As a reward, she was allowed to exchange the grapes for chewing gum.

    Today, of course, it's not about the chewing gum anymore: At the age of just 27, she took over her parents' estate and has been running it with great success ever since. In the meantime, she has switched to sustainable, organic production. From foliage work and the manual removal of damaged grapes to cellar work, where she is "only a companion, because the quality is made in the vineyard," as she says.

    A family business since 1770

    Winery LacknerTinnacher

    In 2013, Katharina Tinnacher converted her vineyards to organic farming: Only organic fertilisers such as pomace and green waste are used to preserve the vitality of the vines. Grasses and clover, marigolds. Yarrow and corn poppy provide habitat for valuable beneficial insects.

    The estate 's single-vineyard wines are exclusive: only one bottle of Sauvignon blanc, Morillon, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Gelber Muskateller or Roter Traminer is produced from each vine.

    The modern architecture and tasteful interior of the main building and tasting room is worth a visit in itself.

    In addition to sales, the winery offers tastings and guided tours on request.

    Winery Lackner Tinnacher, Katharina Tinnacher, South Styria

    Emotional winemaker

    The view over the hills of southern Styria is one of the most important childhood memories for Manfred Tement. "Look how wonderful we live here," his father used to tell him when they both looked across meadows and vineyards down into the valley. Here on the border to Slovenia, one is surrounded by deciduous forests, vines and silence. The perfect place to immerse yourself in nature. Winemaker Manfred Tement also knows this. He lets his guests spend their holidays in former cellars.

    Tement winery in Styria

    From press house to holiday apartment

    Winery Tement

    Where the wine workers once lived, now reside those seeking relaxation. Press houses, cellars and stable buildings have been transformed into chic chalets with quaint furniture, modern chandeliers and designer basins. Through the generous panoramic windows, the view of the vineyards reveals a brilliant play of colors, especially in autumn. "My favorite time of year," Manfred Tement enthuses as he looks out over the wildly romantic landscape.

    "A piece of paradise," guests think, also because of the culinary catering: Sweet idleness in the apartments is made easier by a well-stocked refrigerator complete with vintner's snack. In the morning, a breakfast basket with regional delicacies is waiting at the door.

    Interview with Manfred Tement What activities do you recommend to guests at your 'Winzarei Chalets'?
    Manfred Tement: We invite all of our guests, many of whom are from abroad, to a wine tasting. Cycling and hiking are obvious choices in this area, of course. The Sulztal Circuit Hike, for example, passes through our vineyards. For those who like cities: Graz, Leibnitz and the Slovenian town of Maribor are not far. Which of the traditional “Buschenschenk” wine taverns do you prefer?
    Manfred Tement: The Steinberghof (Wielitsch 62) is one of the best in the entire region. I can sit there on the terrace and look out over my own Wielitsch vineyard. Owner Dieter Firmenich is actually a designer who quit his job to return to his native Styria and take over his aunt’s winery. He has made a name for himself as a good distiller of Schnaps and serves very exquisite and traditional Styrian wine-tavern cuisine. Your favourite traditional restaurant?
    Manfred Tement: Schramms Wirtshaus (An der Weinstraße 22) would probably be the most commonly mentioned name if you took a survey in this area. This very popular place, run by Herta and Werner Schramm, used to be a rectory. They serve Styrian fried chicken with homemade pumpkinseed oil and roast pork. Herr Schramm is one of the last real innkeepers. His philosophy is: “I never close the place down, the guest does.” What do Magnothek and Weinbank, two restaurants that you opened, offer?
    Manfred Tement: The Weinbank in Ehrenhausen (Hauptstraße 44) has been awarded three toques by the Gault&Millau guide and is a combination of a simple inn and a fine-dining restaurant. The signature dish is the egg-yolk ravioli with truffles. I often stop by Magnothek (Zieregg 3) in the evening for a glass of wine. As its name suggests, at this restaurant, which is attached to the old Carmelite Chapel in Zieregg, wine is served almost exclusively from magnums.

    6 wineries with wine taverns and views

    • Winery Pichler-Schober
      Grandma's smoked meat specialties are enjoyed by guests in a lovingly designed and flowering garden.
    • Gross Winery
      Snacks and wine are served on the terrace with a view of the hilly landscape as far as Slovenia. Martina Gross personally takes care of the well-being of her guests.
    • Weinidylle Dreisiebner
      An idyllic place to taste savory spreads on homemade bread and sweet nut snacks with a glass of wine after a hike.
    • Schauer Winery
      Welcome to paradise: The garden next to the vineyards offers a view over the mountains of the Sausal, with tables and benches among flowering plants and herbs and a regional food offer.
    • Tinnauer Winery
      In addition to the Brettljause with regional products and ingredients from their own garden, the family offers picnics in the vineyard.
    • Weinhof Nekrep
      Creatively prepared homemade delicacies are served to match the quality wines. Panoramic terrace included.

    More wineries, wine taverns and overnight accommodations

    The Traminer: with the scent of the rose (background: Klapotetz)

    Styrian knowledge around the wine

    An Achte(r)l - 0.125 liters of wine in a glass - taken standing up is called a "Steh-Achte(r)l". When you actually want to go home but still can't tear yourself away: "Flucht-Achte(r)l".

    The young wine in Styria is called Junker. Its trademark: the Styrian hat with the chamois beard. The star among Styrian wines is Sauvignon blanc. Be sure to taste it!

    The Chardonnay is called Morillon. This variety is one of the most expensive wines in the world and provides the base wine for champagne production.

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