In Vulkanland Steiermark there are nine DAC-Ortswein districts. From north to south, they are:
The Ortswein district Oststeiermark makes up the northern part of Vulkanland.
Weathered volcanic rock (basalt & tuff); sedimentary soils (gravel, sand & clay); schist (northern area).
The Ortswein district Riegersburg is situated in the middle of Vulkanland.
The Riegersburg – an 11th-century fortification, built & rebuilt over the centuries – dominates the region that reaches out above it in an imposing manner. The Ortswein district surrounding the castle is located in the middle of the Vulkanland and is bordered on the south by the Raab Valley and to the north by the Feistritz Valley. Due to the steeply sloping hillsides traversed by streams and rivers, numerous vineyards favoured with unique microclimates are found here.
AREA UNDER VINES
Sauvignon Blanc & Weißburgunder
Predominantly soils on sedimentary stone (sandy gravel [alluvial deposits], silt & clay [marine sediments]); weathered volcanic rock (primarily tuff).
The Ortswein district Gleichenberg is situated at the centre of Vulkanland.
The Ortswein district Kapfenstein is dominated by the high plateau of the extinct Kapfensteiner volcano.
The Ortswein district Sankt Anna is located close to one of the largest extinct volcanoes in the region.
The Ortswein district Sankt Peter is situated in the southwest of the winegrowing region Vulkanland.
The vineyards are located around the Steintal on slopes that are spurs of extinct volcanoes, facing the village of Tieschen. The Ortswein region is characterised by a diverse, hilly agricultural landscape with a variety of soil types.
AREA UNDER VINES
Sauvignon Blanc & the Pinot family
Predominantly weathered volcanic rock (basalt and tuff); sedimentary soils (gravel, sand & clay).