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“A visitor to the Styrian wine country can first and foremost expect peace and quiet, to go about without any stress and can simply stop and stand still and enjoy the countryside.”

Tour the Styrian Vineyards by Bike

A bike ride through southern Styria, one of Europe's most attractive wine regions, is a delight. Especially since tasting the superb wines is an essential part of your tour.
If getting some exercise, seeing new sights, experiencing many gourmet delights and taking as long as you like sounds good, the Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour might be the perfect destination for your next holiday. It's not just the gently undulating, romantic wine routes which are charming here in southern and eastern Styria, but also the historic little towns, the many culinary delicacies and Styrian hospitality extended along the way. You will often spend longer than intended over a glass of wine and a hearty snack at a roadside tavern and you simply have to try regional specialities such as red kidney bean salad with pumpkin seed oil. In east Styria you can vacate the saddle for a whole day, relaxing in the beautifully warm waters of one of the thermal spas. One bike tour will not suffice to see everything, as a total of eight stages and 403 kilometres connect east and south Styria with Graz, and every single kilometre is worth exploring at length. After all, life is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

Highlights

  • Cycle tour © Steiermark Tourismus / Bernhard Bergmann Cycle tour © Steiermark Tourismus / Bernhard Bergmann
  • Vineyards in Styria © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Vineyards in Styria © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / Herbert Raffalt Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / Herbert Raffalt
  • banquet in the region © Steiermark Tourismus banquet in the region © Steiermark Tourismus
  • Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc
  • Apple blossoms © Steiermark Tourismus / Hagspiel Apple blossoms © Steiermark Tourismus / Hagspiel
  • Taking a break from cycling © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Taking a break from cycling © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • View from Schlossberg in Graz © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer View from Schlossberg in Graz © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • Library of a monastery © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc Library of a monastery © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc
  • Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer Wine hills © Steiermark Tourismus / Harry Schiffer
  • Cycling in Styria © Österreich Werbung Cycling in Styria © Österreich Werbung
  • Cycling in Styria © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Cycling in Styria © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Panoramic views in Styria © Österreich Werbung Panoramic views in Styria © Österreich Werbung
  • Viewing point in Styria © Österreich Werbung Viewing point in Styria © Österreich Werbung

“I can particularly recommend the Vineyard Tour! A combination of flat and hilly terrain, and a mixture of marshland and vineyards.”

Franz Altrichter © Steiermark Tourismus Franz Altrichter © Steiermark Tourismus Franz Altrichter, biking guide in Styria, #austriantime
The only thing that ought to prove problematic in Styria's wine country is making a choice, as there are so many temptations along the way. One of the absolute highlights must surely be breakfast at Graz's Schlossberg: get your holiday off to a perfect start with a leisurely breakfast in the morning sunshine overlooking the city's medieval roofs.

Or what about a picnic in the middle of a vineyard, supplied by the Tinnauer tavern - meaty ham, mature cheese, flaky pastries and a bottle of good wine? Simply spread your blanket on the ground, unpack the picnic basket and enjoy!

One speciality you're unlikely to escape here in wine country is pumpkin seed oil - once you have tried it you will want more and if you would like to see how "black gold" and other high-quality oils, such as apricot kernel and hazelnut are produced, you should pay a visit to the Hartlieb oil mill where you will be able to stock up on supplies to take home.
Weinberg © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc Weinberg © Steiermark Tourismus / ikarus.cc

Styrian Wine Country Tips

Pumpkin Field  – Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (P.G.I.) GenussRegion © GRÖ / Werner Krug Pumpkin Field – Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (P.G.I.) GenussRegion © GRÖ / Werner Krug

Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (P.G.I.) GenussRegion

On the trail of the green gold

Whoever goes out and about in the Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (P.G.I.) 'GenussRegion' (culinary region) will be able to feast on the green gold of Styria. Dark green and velvety, it covers salad leaves and lends its delicious taste to all sorts of dishes. It sometimes even makes its way into the desserts of those who are particularly daring. Styrian Pumpkin Seed Oil (P.G.I.) is a true Styrian and a key ingredient of the local cuisine.

 
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Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour

Styria's "Weinland"

Styrian Wine Country Cycling Tour

Styria's "Weinland"

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