Towering hills, steeply sloped vineyards
and a marquee-player: Sauvignon Blanc
Südsteiermark is the largest winegrowing region in the Steiermark with 2,563 hectares under vines. It is home to many wine estates of various sizes, all producing top-quality wines to an extremely consistent degree. At first glance, the land looks like a small, densely interwoven, compact & orderly garden – attractive to visitor & resident alike for its beauty, the mood that is one moment filled with the sun shining in diagonally, then a moment later by mists rising between the hills.
The photogenic wine country is one of the most beautiful and inviting wine regions in Europe with its wild, hilly viticultural landscape – a refreshment for the eyes & for the soul.To make good wine, you’ve got to have good shoes!Viticulture is truly a hard day’s work here, because most of the vines are growing on extremely steep slopes, where one must work almost entirely by hand; mechanical help is hardly possible.
Welschriesling follows with 16.5%, then Weissburgunder with 11.4%, Muskateller with just under 10% and Morillon with 8.6% of the cultivated area. Besides these, one can still find small parcels of Riesling & Grauburgunder – and even some Scheurebe.Sauvignon Blanc was developed as the primary variety of the region, thanks to continuously progressive teamwork on the part of the winegrowers. Today, these wines constitute a memorable episode in the saga of the world’s finest Sauvignons.