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Vulkanland Steiermark

One of the three specific ones wine regions in the Austrian state or generic wine-growing region Styria, It's close to the borders too Slovenia and Hungary, as well as the Burgenland, The area formerly known as Südoststeiermark was renamed Vulkanland Steiermark in 2016. It is also known as the "land of castles and palaces". Four wine routes lead through the rolling hills. Winegrowing is mainly carried out as a sideline. Well-known wine-growing regions are Bad Radkersburg, Feldbach, Gleisdorf, Hartberg, Kapfenstein (Rieden An der Kapelle, Hinteregg, Rosenleiten), Kloch with the specialty "Klöcher Traminer", Riegersburg (Rieden Brunnenfeld, fortress wall, tournament ground), St. Peter, Straden (Rieden Buchberg, Klausen) and Weiz. These are connected by Klöcher Wine Road, Thermenland Wine Road, Southeast Styrian Hill Country Wine Road and East Styrian Roman Wine Road.

Vulkanland Steiermark - Kapfenstein

In the north are the Ringkogel near Hartberg 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. There are 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 are called East Styrian Hills and Styrian Volcanic Country.

Vulkanland Steiermark - Map with vineyards


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 proportion of clearly dominating white wine varieties is 78.3%, the proportion of red wine varieties 21.7% ((Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay 2009 209 ha were recorded together):

Grape variety - Austrian
main name
officially permitted in Austria
colour hectare
% -Ant
Riesling - White 310 20.3 318
White Burgundy Pinot Blanc, Klevner White 240 1507 301
Zweigelt Blauer Zweigelt, Rotburger red 177 11.6 185
Sauvignon Blanc Muskat-Sylvaner White 108 7.1 81
Müller-Thurgau rivaner White 103 6.8 128
ChardonnayMorillon White 93 6.1 301
muscatel Yellow M., Red M. / Muscat Blanc White 66 4.3 31
Scheurebe Seedling 88 White 59 3.8 56
TraminerGewurztraminer, Red T., Yellow T. White 37 2.4 36
Gray Birgunder Pinot gris, Ruländer White 35 2.3 25
Blue Wildbacher - red 32 2.1 29
Goldburger - White 25 1.6 32
White Riesling Riesling, Rheinriesling 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
St. Laurent - red 7.5 0.5 7
According to sentence whiteStyrian mixed set White 7.2 0.5 11
Roesler - red 4.6 0.3 2
Blaufränkisch - red 3.7 0.2 4
Green Valtellina Weißgipfler White 2.8 0.2 2
Sylvaner Green Sylvaner White 2.6 0.2 2
Syrah Shiraz red 1.8 0.1 -
Muscat Ottonel - White 1.4 0.1 2
Rathay - red 0.6 - 1
Cabernet Franc - red 0.3 - -
Furmint - White 0.2 - -
According to sentence redStyrian mixed set red 0.1 - -
and. white varieties - White 82.1 5.4 69
and. red varieties - red 57.6 3.8 0
TOTAL 1401

DAC system

In 2018, Styria became an origin-oriented one DAC system introduced. All other quality wines have to with the origin Styria, the country wines under the wine-growing region name Steirerland be marketed. In contrast to Burgenland and Lower Austria (where the individual areas were realized one after the other) an overall concept was developed for all three specific wine-growing areas. There is a three tier pyramid of origin of wine. local wine and Ried wine,

Vulkanland Steiermark - DAC quality pyramid

The Styrian variety of varieties is taken into account differently (see in the graphic). It remains the same for the regional wine, for the local wine and in some cases also for the Riedenwein different localities depending on the winegrowing area leading varieties Are defined. The regional wines may be marketed from March 1, the vineyard wines and the local wines from May 1 of the year following the harvest. The wines from Welschriesling and the Schilcher, which can be marketed from December 1 of the harvest year. There is also an exception for the Styrian Junker, which is traditionally presented in early November.

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


Well-known wineries Vulkanland Steiermark are among others Archduke Johann Weine. Mrs. Wallner Walter. Fruhwirth Fritz. Gießauf-Nell. Gölles. Lamprecht Manor. Krispel. Neumeister. Platzer Manfred. Ploder-Rosenberg. Pock Franz. Thaller Koarl and Winkler Hermaden,

Images: © ÖWM - Gerhard Elze

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