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South Styrian Wine Route - Buschenschank

vineyards
vineyards

The South Styrian Wine Route

We are two days in the Loisium Wine & Spa Hotel in Southern Styria invited. This is located directly on the South Styrian Wine Route. Reason enough for us to set out to find the best wine tavern in Styria.

We are equipped with a map showing all the taverns of the region, and our head is full of tips provided by the receptionist of the Loisium Hotel. So it pulls us out into the hills. We had already admired this from the balcony of our room. In sunshine, deep blue skies and temperatures around the 25 degrees we break up. We drive south from the Loisium Hotel.

I cannot get a remark from our adviser out of my head. When I asked how far it was to the next town and how long it took to get to know the entire South Styrian Wine Route, she said succinctly: “It is only a few kilometers to the Slovenian border. And if you get hungry for lunch, you can stop at the Polz, Tement or Dreisiebner headquarters. ”I look at the menu and think:“ We'll be there in a few minutes. And should I be hungry again? "

grapes
grapes

The South Styrian Wine Route - between Styria and Slovenia

I did not know what to expect from the next corner along the South Styrian Wine Route expected: incredible and breathtaking views of the vineyards and vineyards around us both on Slovenian and on the Austrian side.

Surprised, we notice that the signage here leads from one winery to the next. I quickly realize why this is so: the towns extend along the road. Local boundaries are not recognizable. The places consist almost exclusively of the wineries, which line up on the wine route like pearls on a line, so that we can orient ourselves better, if we each select one of them to the next destination.

And we do. However, only after we stop every few meters and, overwhelmed by photo motives, constantly press the trigger of our cameras. So we need a couple of miles fast for a few hours, above all because we always take breaks at various taverns along the way. That is part of such a tour through the wine country necessarily.

Guglhupf
Guglhupf

What is a tavern?

If it sounds like I've always known what a tavern is, I have to admit that's not true. Only on this trip through the southern Styria, I found out what it is: a Buschenschank is a wine bar on a winery, which is subject to strict regulations.

In a tavern, only snacks and cold dishes are served, with products often coming directly from the winery: smoked ham, raw sausage, cold roast, lard, vegetarian spreads, mustard, horseradish, tomatoes, radishes and other seasonal vegetables. Or the winegrower exchanges wine for natural products, as does the Dreisiebner Stammhaus, for example. The trout we find here on our plate comes from a friendly family, who delivers them in exchange for the three-way wine. There is also home-baked bread, which provides the whole a wonderful underlay.

Or there is, as we have tasted it in the tavern Polz, a mini mint gugelhupf with cream and chocolate sauce. And I drink a sprinkled lemon balm for that. Although of course wine would be the better drink for it. But if you, like us, work on this route, you can not help it. We save our wine consumption until the evening at the hotel, and during the day we prefer the excellent and home-made juices of the region.

Klapotetz
Klapotetz

Between Styria and Slovenia

The South Styrian Wine Route winds its way along the crest of the hills, whose slopes drop steeply down into the valley. Many of the wineries are located on the hilltop. Others nestle close to the mountain slopes. Some lie like an eagle's nest in an exposed spot above the valley and look as if the next larger gust of wind could blow them away.

In the south, the road runs along the border with Slovenia, and if you, as we do, at one of the many branches, and on the bike path, instead of the road drives, you can even cross the border. There we follow a few kilometers of the border on the Slovenian side.

The wines are grown on the southern slopes and are painstakingly cut every summer. Again and again we see wooden wind turbines on high places, whose function I am not quite clear about. So I ask Irmgard Dreisiebner, the owner of the parent company Dreisiebner, about this: "This is a Klapotetz," she says. And when I just look at her blankly, she explains: “These are wooden wheels that were set up earlier in August to use their rattling noises to drive the birds out of the vineyards that were targeting the grapes. Today they are left standing because they have become an attraction for visitors. ”

Cold plate - South Styrian wine route
Cold plate - South Styrian wine route

Pure enjoyment in the Buschenschanken

So we sit in front of our Winzerjause in Buschenschank in the parent company Dreisiebner, from whose terrace we look out on the surrounding vineyards. An outlook, which prepares this summer day on the South Styrian Wine Road a worthy highlight to complete our round trip - and that although we have actually covered only a short distance along this route. When we arrive down in the valley in Gamlitz, we are surprised to find that it is only three kilometers to our hotel. If you want to explore the wine region in Southern Styria, you should definitely plan more time than we did.

We visited the following taverns:

Winery Erich and Walter Polz
8471 playing field
Grassnitzberg 54a
Tel. + 43 (0) 3453 2582

Winery Repolusk
Roland & Barbara Repolusk
8463 shine ad wine street 41
Tel. + 43 (0) 3454 313

Winery Dreisiebner parent company
8461 Sulztak on the wine route 35
Tel. + 43 (0) 3453 2590

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Travel Arrangements

Arriving by plane and / or car

The nearest airport is Graz. From there it is best to travel by rental car or car to enjoy the South Styrian Wine Route.

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Other destinations in Styria

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Source: own research on site at the invitation of the Loisium Wine & Spa Resort Südsteiermark. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

Responses

  1. Michaela Gruber
    | Reply

    Very nice - and once again hunger-making - report;)
    Incidentally, when I was 15 years old, I once did a summer internship in a tavern - that was fantastic!

    Glg from Ecuador
    Michaela

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Michaela,

      I can imagine that. Usually these are in a beautiful environment - and the delicious food.

      Greetings to Ecuador,
      Monika

  2. Anja
    | Reply

    Hallo,
    These are nice impressions and I would like to visit the area. At the moment, the food laughs a lot at me.
    Best regards
    anja

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Hi Anja,

      A tour along the South Styrian Wine Route is not only worthwhile because of the good food and the great wines. The views of the vineyards are terrific.

      Best regards,
      Monika

  3. Barbara
    | Reply

    Dear Monika,

    From Buschenschanken I had actually heard nothing yet. This border region looks really fantastic! Wonderful view ... Thank you for taking me there!

    Best regards
    Barbara

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      Dear Barbara,

      Only since we have been traveling in Austria in recent years, we learn how to designate certain things there. In the meantime, they are also familiar to us. At the beginning it looked different :).

      Best regards,
      Monika

  4. Sabine
    | Reply

    I have heard a lot about Styria and I really want to go there. Especially these rustic, simple things are often the best. If then comes this glorious view and a glass of wine ... what more does a person need?
    Best regards
    Sabine

    • Monika & Petar Fox
      | Reply

      That's true, Sabine. Luxury does not always have to be expensive. Luxury is also something you do not always have - and these are beautiful views, good home-cooked food and a pleasant environment.

      Best regards,
      Monika

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