One of the three specific wine-growing areas in the Austrian province or generic wine-growing region of Styria. The narrow, elongated area borders Slovenia in the south. A viticulture can be traced back to the fourth century BC, as the Illyrians, Celts and later the Romans already cultivated vines here. In 1235, viticulture on the Ligistberg was first mentioned in a document. The location at the foothills of the Koralpe and the Reinischkogel protects against wind and causes strong warming during the day. The vineyards lie between 420 and 600 metres above sea level. Steep slopes and almost gorge-like valleys characterise the picture of the wine communities. Gneiss and slate weathered soils predominate.