One of the three specific wine regions in the Austrian state or generic wine-growing region Styria, It is close to the borders too Slovenia and Hungary, as well as the Burgenland, The area, formerly known as Southeastern Styria, was renamed Vulcanland Styria in 2016. It is also referred to as the "Land of castles and palaces". Four wine roads lead through the landscape characterized by rolling hills. The viticulture is operated mainly as a sideline. Well-known wine villages are Bad Radkersburg, Feldbach, Gleisdorf, Hartberg, Kapfenstein (Rieden An der Kapelle, Hinteregg, Rosenleiten), Kloch with the specialty "Klöcher Traminer", Riegersburg (Rieden well field, fortress wall, tournament place), pc. Peter, Straden (Rieden Buchberg, Klausen) and Weiz. These are connected by Klöcher Weinstraße, Thermenland Weinstraße, Südoststeirische Hügelland-Weinstraße and Oststeirische Römer-Weinstraße.
In the north are located at Ringkogel Hartberg the highest vineyards Austria at 650 meters above sea level. Climatically, this is a transition zone between hot, dry Pannonian with little rainfall and warm, humid Mediterranean climate. It dominates volcanic soils with sandy loam, clay and basalt weathering. The towering volcanic cones shape the landscape and also gave the new name. The two Großlagen hot East Styrian hill country and Styrian volcanic land.
In 2016, the vineyards covered a total of 1,524 hectares of vineyards. Compared to 2009, with 1,401 hectares, this was an increase of 9%. The share of clearly dominating white grape varieties is 78.3%, the share of red grape varieties 21.7% ((Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay were combined in 2009 209 ha):
| Grape variety - Austrian |
| officially permitted in Austria |
|colour|| hectare |
| % -Ant |
| hectare |
|White Burgundy||Pinot Blanc, Klevner||White||240||1507||301|
|Zweigelt||Blue Zweigelt, Rotburger||red||177||11.6||185|
|muscatel||Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc||White||66||4.3||31|
|Traminer||Gewurztraminer, Red T., Yellow T.||White||37||2.4||36|
|Gray Birgunder||Pinot gris, Ruländer||White||35||2.3||25|
|White Riesling||Riesling, Rhine Riesling||White||24||1.5||27|
|Blue Burgundy||Pinot Noir, Blue Pinot Noir||red||9.4||0.6||10|
|Gem. Set knows||Styrian mixed set||White||7.2||0.5||11|
|Gem. Set red||Styrian mixed set||red||0.1||-||-|
|and white varieties||-||White||82.1||5.4||69|
|and red varieties||-||red||57.6||3.8||0|
In 2018 Styria became the origin-oriented DAC system introduced. All other quality wines have to with the ancestry Styria, the land wines under the wine-growing region designation Steirerland be marketed. In contrast to Burgenland and Lower Austria (where the individual areas were realized one after another) an overall concept for all three specific wine-growing areas was developed. There is a three tier origin pyramid with of wine. local wine and Ried wine,
The variety of Styrian varieties is taken into account differently (see in the graph). It remains with the local wine, with the local wine and partly also with the Riedenwein were different depending on wine making local leading varieties Are defined. The area wines may be marketed from 1 March, the vine and the local wines from 1 May of the year following the harvest. An exception are the wines from Welschriesling and the Schilcher, which may be marketed as early as 1 December of the crop year. Likewise, an exception applies to the Styrian Junker, which is traditionally presented in early November.
The Vulkanland Steiermark DAC covers the political districts of Southeastern Styria, Hartberg / Fürstenfeld and Weiz as well as municipalities of the Leibnitz district on the left bank of the Mur. The local wine-growing communities are Klöch, Straden, St. Peter, Tieschen, St. Anna, Kapfenstein, Riegersburg and Oststeiermark. The leading varieties are Sauvignon Blanc (all wine-growing communities), Pinot Blanc (Eastern Styria, Riegersburg, Kapfenstein, St. Anna, St. Pater), Burgundercuvée (Tieschen), Traminer (Klöch) and Pinot Gris (Straden).
Well-known wineries Weinbaugebiet Vulkanland Styria are among others Archduke Johann Weine. Mrs. Wallner Walter. Frühwirth Fritz. Gießauf-Nell. Gölles. Herrenhof Lamprecht. Krispel. Neumeister. Platzer Manfred. Ploder-Rosenberg. Pock Franz. Thaller Koarl and Winkler Hermaden,
Images: © ÖWM - Gerhard Elze