On the steep hills of Styria in the heart of Europe, Sauvignon Blanc finds ideal conditions. The Styrian climate, the soil and the vineyards are very favourable to the grape variety, which is why Sauvignon Blanc has become increasingly important in recent years. According to the 2020 wine statistics, the Sauvignon Blanc, a flagship variety and winner of numerous international wine awards, also leads the grape variety rankings in terms of area with 902 ha (17.7% of the total area of 5,096 ha). In Southern Styria, Sauvignon Blanc is the most widely planted variety with 691 ha, while 157 ha are cultivated in Vulkanland and 53 ha in Western Styria. The total area of Sauvignon Blanc in Austria is 1691.67 ha.
“The Sauvignon Blanc variety produces world-class wines across all three regions in Styria. When so many top winegrowers focus on one variety, success is inevitable – also very important: the terroir of the Styrian winegrowing region is predestined for this variety.”
Stefan Potzinger, Chairman of Wein Steiermark
Styrian wines are known for their flavour and juiciness, for their spiciness and minerality, for their simplicity and their sophistication. Styrian wines are strongly determined by their origin, by their temperate, windless and rainy overall climate, which allows for all kinds of microclimates, by weathered volcanic rock soils, soils of weathered solid rock such as slate and gneiss, soils on limestone, on gravel and conglomerate, on sand and sandstone as well as opok.