Southern Styria

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Austrian Tuscany

Rolling hills and steep slopes adorned with poplar trees — and a love for tra­di­tional wine­mak­ing, these are some of the defin­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of south­ern Styria.

Southern Styria’s wine-grow­ing region extends from west­ern Leibnitz up to the Mur River and pro­duces a great vari­ety across 2,785 hectares of vine­yards. With slopes too steep for mod­ern machin­ery, grapes here are picked the old-fash­ioned way — by hand. Add to that a dis­tinct note of Mediterranean flair, and you’ll soon see why the South Styrian Wine Road is one of Europe’s pre­mier wine des­ti­na­tions.

Winemaker at harvest

Wine Country & Terroir

Light, sandy and grav­elly soils allow rain­wa­ter to drain quickly into under­ground deposits. Paired with the cooler cli­mate, these are ideal con­di­tions for grapes.

The wine­grow­ing com­mu­nity in this area con­sists of about 950 grow­ers who take great care of their vine­yards, the high­est of which is located 564m above sea level. But it’s not only the great vari­ety of grapes that define the char­ac­ter of these fine wines, it is above all the multi-lay­ered soils from sand and slate to marl and lime­stone.

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Vineyard soil

Locations & Varieties

The pri­mary grapes planted in south­ern Styria are Sauvignon Blanc, Welschriesling, Pinot Blanc, Morillon, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gelber Muskateller and Traminer.

Characterized by the Mediterranean cli­mate and the long grow­ing sea­son, as well as cool nights, south­ern Styrian wines impress with rich aro­mat­ics and nuances. Wines that are par­tic­u­larly typ­i­cal of the region are given the pro­tected des­ig­na­tion of ori­gin “Südsteiermark DAC.” Good to know: almost one fifth of the area is planted with Sauvignon Blanc grapes.  The expres­sion of the ter­roir ranges from fra­grant and fresh to dis­creet and ele­gant.

stacked wine barrels
different wine glasses

Südsteiermark DAC — What is it?

Hand-picked and of spe­cial ori­gin

In Styria, there are three DAC areas: Southern Styria, Vulkanland and Western Styria. The DAC label is short for “Districtus Austriae Controllatus.” It guar­an­tees con­trolled and pro­tected ori­gin and con­sists of three tiers.


Riedenweine are sin­gle-vine­yard wines. Made from grapes grown on excep­tion­ally steep slopes and picked by hand, these dis­tinct and spe­cial wines make up the top tier of the DAC label­ing sys­tem.


The term Ortswein refers to wines from a par­tic­u­lar vil­lage or munic­i­pal­ity. They have a pro­nounced char­ac­ter and are a plea­sure to enjoy. Ortswein must be dry and, with the excep­tion of the Traminer from Klöch, con­tain no more than 4 grams of resid­ual sugar per liter.


This is the broad­est tier of the DAC pyra­mid. It includes young, fresh and fruity wines of all three regions, that is Southern Styria, Vulkanland and Western Styria.

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LOISIUM Südsteiermark

Wine & Spa Hotel | Ehrenhausen | South Styria, Austria

Enjoy Mediterranean lifestyle in Austrian Tuscany with 102 rooms & suites, a spa club, event & meet­ing venues and regional cozi­ness on steep hill­side ter­rain.

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