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Volcanic country Styria

One of the three specific wine growing areas in the Austrian province or generic wine growing area of Styria. It is located near the borders to Slovenia and Hungary, as well as Burgenland. The area formerly known as Southeast Styria was renamed Vulkanland Steiermark in 2016. It is also known as the "Land of Castles and Palaces". Four wine roads lead through the landscape characterized by rolling hills. Wine growing is mainly done as a sideline. Well-known wine-growing villages are Bad Radkersburg, Feldbach, Gleisdorf, Hartberg, Kapfenstein (sites An der Kapelle, Hinteregg, Rosenleiten), Klöch with the speciality "Klöcher Traminer", Riegersburg (sites Brunnenfeld, Festungsmauer, Turnierplatz), St. Peter, Straden (sites Buchberg, Klausen) 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.

Vulkanland Steiermark - Kapfenstein

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

Vulkanland Steiermark - Karte mit Rebflächen

List of vine varieties

In 2016, the vineyards covered a total of 1,524 hectares of vineyard area. Compared to the year 2009 with 1,401 hectares, this was an increase of 9%. The share of the clearly dominant white wine varieties is 78.3%, the share of red wine varieties 21.7% ((Weißburgunder and Chardonnay were recorded together on 209 hectares in 2009):

Grape variety - austrian
Main name
officially authorised in Austria
Colour Hectare
Welschriesling - white 310 20,3 318
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Clever white 240 1507 301
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 177 11,6 185
Blanc sauvignon Nutmeg Sylvaner white 108 7,1 81
Müller-Thurgau Rivaner white 103 6,8 128
Chardonnay Morillon white 93 6,1 301
Muscatel Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc white 66 4,3 31
Scrubber Seedling 88 white 59 3,8 56
Traminer Gewürztraminer, Red T., Yellow T. white 37 2,4 36
Pinot gris Pinot Gris, Ruländer white 35 2,3 25
Blue Torrent - red 32 2,1 29
Goldburger - white 25 1,6 32
White Riesling Riesling, Rhine Riesling white 24 1,5 27
Merlot - red 14 0,9 14
Blauburger - red 13 0,9 18
Blue Burgundy Pinot Noir, Blue Pinot Noir red 9,4 0,6 10
Cabernet sauvignon - red 8,4 0,6 10
Saint Laurent - red 7,5 0,5 7
Gem. set white Styrian mixing set white 7,2 0,5 11
Roesler - red 4,6 0,3 2
Blaufränkisch - red 3,7 0,2 4
Green Veltliner Weißgipfler white 2,8 0,2 2
Sylvaner Green Sylvaner white 2,6 0,2 2
Syrah Shiraz red 1,8 0,1 -
Nutmeg Ottonel - white 1,4 0,1 2
Rathay - red 0,6 - 1
Cabernet franc - red 0,3 - -
Furmint - white 0,2 - -
Gem. set red Styrian mixing set red 0,1 - -
and. white varieties - white 82,1 5,4 69
and. red varieties - red 57,6 3,8 0
TOTAL 1.401

DAC system

In 2018 the origin-oriented DAC system was introduced in Styria. All other quality wines must be marketed with the origin Styria, the country wines under the wine growing region designation Styria. In contrast to Burgenland and Lower Austria (where the individual areas were realised one after the other), an overall concept was developed for all three specific wine growing regions. There is a three-level pyramid of origin with regional wine, local wine and Riedenwein.

Vulkanland Steiermark - DAC Qualitätspyramide

The Styrian variety diversity is taken into account in different ways (see graph). In the case of regional wines, it is preserved, while local lead varieties have been defined differently for each wine-growing region in the case of local wines and, in part, also for Riedenwein. The area wines may be marketed from 1 March, the Riedenwein and the local wines from 1 May of the year following the harvest. An exception are the wines from Welschriesling and Schilcher, which may be marketed already from December 1st of the year of harvest. An exception also applies to the Styrian Junker, which is traditionally presented at the beginning of November.

The area Vulkanland Steiermark DAC comprises the political districts of Southeast Styria, Hartberg/Fürstenfeld and Weiz as well as communities of the district Leibnitz on the left bank of the Mur. The cross-local winegrowing communities are Klöch, Straden, St. Peter, Tieschen, St. Anna, Kapfenstein, Riegersburg and Eastern Styria. The leading varieties are Sauvignon Blanc (all winegrowing communes), Pinot Blanc (Eastern Styria, Riegersburg, Kapfenstein, St. Anna, St. Pater), Burgundy cuvée (Tieschen), Traminer (Klöch) and Pinot Gris (Straden).


Well-known wineries in the Vulkanland Styria wine-growing region include Archduke Johann Weine, Frauwallner Walter, Frühwirth Fritz, Gießauf-Nell, Gölles, Herrenhof Lamprecht, Krispel, Neumeister, Platzer Manfred, Ploder-Rosenberg, Pock Franz, Thaller Koarl and Winkler-Hermaden

Pictures: © ÖWM - Gerhard Elze

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