Why the entire world envies the Steiermark
for its taverns...
The true and authentic Buschenschank is only found in the Steiermark. Like the Styrian pumpkin seed oil and the fried chicken, it is a feature of the Styrian quality of life and hospitality that has no equal. The approximately 800 Buschenschanken are equally popular with the Styrians themselves and visitors to the Steiermark, often located in the most beautiful locations in the three winegrowing regions.
There is a magnificent sunset, an awesomely steep vineyard, the romantic-looking view over forests and hills to the neighbouring village. A unique ambience for mostly home-prepared meals, often even from farm-raised meat, accompanied by home-baked bread.
Anybody who runs a Buschenschank
wants to totally pamper the guests.
The fact that the wine from their own production finds happy customers is a welcome side effect.
In the Buschenschank,
the human factor is accentuated.
Many of these taverns are family enterprises, where grandma takes care of the pastries and the children help serve. Guests enjoy this casual, almost unique kind of hospitality. It was Emperor Joseph II, who allowed the wine growers to serve their own wines in 1784 with his ‘Josephine Patent’ – and the original form of the Buschenschank was born.
It is impossible to imagine the Styrian landscape without the Buschenschank.
Like the Klapotetz – the wooden pinwheel that frightens off birds wanting to feast in the vineyards – the Buschenschank is now indispensable to the Styrian landscape.
In the past, people came here for a Brettljause of bacon, sausages, cheese & spreads.
In the meantime, the selection has expanded to include fish, beef, mutton and much more. Many Buschenschanken care for their guests with creatively designed dishes and excellent glassware. Salads, pumpkinseed oil, a wealth of cured meats in gelatine and special seasonal offers from the region are increasingly taking centre-stage.
Hearty does not necessarily mean heavy.
Vegetarian choices abound on every menu. It is not surprising that children’s needs are also provided for. The Buschenschank is a particularly popular destination on the weekend for many Styrians.
Later in the day, the winegrower will perhaps sit down at the table with the guests and drink a glass with them. A proof of the quality of the wine, if the grower likes to drink it him- or herself.