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South-East Styria

Name of the Vulkanland Steiermark wine-growing region valid until 2015; see there.

One of the three specific wine-growing regions in the Austrian province or generic wine-growing region of Styria. It lies close to the borders with Slovenia and Hungary, as well as Burgenland. The area formerly known as south-east Styria was renamed Vulkanland Steiermark in 2016. It is also known as the "Land of Castles and Palaces".

Vulkanland Steiermark - Kapfenstein

Climate & soils

In the north, there are vineyards at 650 metres above sea level on the Ringkogel near the municipality of Hartberg, which are among the highest vineyards in Austria. Climatically, this is a transition zone between the hot, dry Pannonian climate with little rainfall and the warm, humid Mediterranean climate. Volcanic soils with sandy loam, clay and weathered basalt predominate. The towering volcanic cones characterise the landscape and also gave it its new name. The two large vineyards are called Oststeirisches Hügelland and Steirisches Vulkanland.

Vulkanland Steiermark - topographische Karte

Wine-growing communities

Four wine routes lead through the landscape characterised by gentle hills. Well-known wine-growing communities are Bad Radkersburg, Feldbach, Gleichenberg, Gleisdorf, Hartberg, Kapfenstein (vineyards An der Kapelle, Hinteregg, Rosenleiten), Klöch with the speciality "Klöcher Traminer", Riegersburg (vineyards Brunnenfeld, Festungsmauer, Turnierplatz), St. Anna am Aigen, St. Peter, Straden (vineyards Buchberg, Klausen), St. Anna am Aigen, Tieschen and Weiz. These are connected by the Klöcher Wine Route, Thermenland Wine Route, South-East Styrian Hill Country Wine Route and East Styrian Roman Wine Route.

Grape variety index

In 2022, the vineyards covered a total of 1,657 hectares of vines. Compared to 2016 with 1,524 hectares, this was an increase of 133 hectares (9%). White wine varieties account for 1,408 hectares (85%) and red wine varieties for 249 hectares (15%). Welschriesling dominates the white wine varieties, followed by Pinot Blanc and Sauvignon Blanc. The red wine varieties are dominated by Zweigelt, followed by Blauer Wildbacher and Merlot. The Muscaris, Muscat, Sauvignon Blanc, Souvignier Gris and Pinot Blanc varieties were promoted, while Müller-Thurgau and Blauburger were relegated.

Grape variety
Austrian
main name

in Austria
authorised synonyms

colour

HA
2022

%-Ant
2022

HA
2016

%-Ant
2016

Welschriesling - white 319 19,2 310 20,3
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Klevner white 291 17,6 240 1507
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 146 8,8 177 11,6
Sauvignon Blanc Muscat Sylvaner white 173 6,4 108 7,1
Muscat Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc white 138 8,3 66 4,3
Chardonnay Morillon white 113 6,8 93 6,1
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner white 76 4,6 103 6,8
Grey Burgundy Pinot Gris,...

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