Three hotels for connoisseurs in Styria

Bacchus
Bacchus
Bacchus

 

We learned three on our trip through the volcanic country, along the South Styrian Wine Route and through the Schilcherland in western Styria Austria Know hotels where the enjoyment of their guests is paramount. Each of these hotels interprets “enjoyment” in its own unique way, thus offering its guests a completely independent and authentic experience. We felt very comfortable in each of these hotels, only the reason for this was always a completely different one. And we want to present these reasons to you here:

 

Riegersburg
Riegersburg

 

The Genusshotel Riegersburg - where the products of Styria are the stars

The perfect starting point for ours Exploration of the volcanic land that Styria is the Genusshotel Riegersburg in the town of the same name, from whose rooms the guest can look out over the castle, which stands on a striking mountain peak. Already in the name of the hotel, it becomes clear how important the enjoyment of its guests is for this hotel. No wonder! Does it belong to the property of the Gölles family, whose Essigmanufaktur we visit during our stay.

Sustainability plays a particularly important role at Genusshotel Riegersburg. Here are almost exclusively products of the region on the plate of the guests. The food is one of the main reasons why we call this hotel a pleasure hotel. It is certainly one of the most obvious: it is particularly important to serve local products perfectly. Special ripening chambers have been set up, where cheese, ham and vinegar ripen as well as beef, which is served on special steak days in the highest quality.

 

fruit basket
fruit basket

 

We are (unfortunately) not in one of these days in the house, but we are still enthusiastic about the concept of the luxury hotel. The restriction to local products is taken so seriously that the hotel is operated as a “cola-free” zone, ie instead of the usual soft drinks, there are wonderful fruit juices made of apricot, strawberry or peach, which you drink with or without water, and instead of a minibar, the rooms have their own fountain from which the clear water of the mountain streams flows, where guests can help themselves.


Genusshotel Riegersburg
Starzenberg 144
A-8333 Riegersburg
Austria
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Popular - the grape arbor in the estate Pössnitzberg
Popular - the grape arbor in the estate Pössnitzberg

Good Pössnitzberg - where Styrian wine plays the main role

In the middle of the Vineyards of Southern Styria befindet sich Good Pössnitzberg, a pleasure hotel that is primarily dedicated to the wines of the region. Similar to the Genusshotel Riegersburg, the owners are the reason for this: the Polz family of winegrowers bought the estate a few years ago and have been running it ever since.

 

Wine from the Polz winery
Wine from the Polz winery

 

 

Our host is Thomas Prenneis, the managing director of the hotel, who does not miss the opportunity to introduce us to the excellent wines from Polz in the hotel's sparkling wine cellar - and even more. At the end of our educational and, above all, delicious wine tasting, he presents us with a fruit brandy that has been maturing in the barrel for decades and represents a true god potion. "We don't know what we're going to do with it," he laughs when we ask him. "He doesn't have a name yet. And whether we fill it in bottles ...? ”And he leaves the question unanswered. But we know that this is a very special potion that we let swirl in our mouths with pleasure. "Almost too good to swallow it down," I think to myself as it runs warmly down my palate.

Gut Pössnitzberg offers connoisseurs a whole range of secluded spots and sheltered corners, from which they can enjoy the wonderful surroundings with a glass Champagne Let yourself be taken in: be it the glazed veranda next to the lobby, from which you can enjoy a wonderful view of the vineyards from the comfortable armchairs and sofas Southern Styria from the secluded vine arbor with a view of the romantic sunset or from the pool with its wood-paneled terrace with a view of the surrounding vineyards.

And the food in the affiliated Kreuzwirt restaurant relies on local Styrian cuisine with high quality Products from the area - a pleasure that goes wonderfully with the Polz wines.


Good Pössnitzberg
Pössnitz 168
A-8463 Leutschach
Austria
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In the Stainzerhof
In the Stainzerhof

Hotel Restaurant Stainzerhof - where culinary stagings shine

To be honest: with the Hotel Stainzerhof an der Schilcher wine route I first had to get warm, it seems at first glance quite austere and minimalist. However, on closer inspection it convinced me, and now I'm a big fan of this hotel.

 

Decoration in the Stainzerhof
Wonderful decoration in the Stainzerhof © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

 

The equipment of the Hotel Stainzerhof is understatement in the most brilliant sense. Only at second glance do you see the imaginative details with which the hotel is decorated and furnished: the flattened and twisted bottles that hang over the breakfast buffet as a mobile, the funny lamps in the tavern, which consist of collected bottles, the cozy wooden tables from ship stalls, the beautifully restored dresser that adorns a hidden alcove on the first floor, or the secluded corners in the garden and on the terraces, which invite to a relaxing break.

The warm care by the staff does the rest, so that the guest feels comfortable in this hotel. In general, the service in this hotel: rarely you will find it as perfect as in the Stainzerhof.

But what ultimately convinced me most impressively of the Stainzerhof is through its excellent and innovative cuisine. Award-winning chef Michael Markovec (1 Gault & Millau toque) wins us over with his surprise menu in the storm: after a light "greeting from the kitchen", he trumps with a spring salad made from organic asparagus, radishes, rhubarb and dandelion, and a trout - sour and pickled - with colorful Potato, caramel apple, beetroot, celery, onion, egg yolk and carp caviar, a wonderfully tender veal fillet with brioche, horseradish, carrots and meadow herbs and a grandiose and extraordinary dessert of sweet beets (crème brulée, sorbet, granite and earth) .

This dinner knows how to show the regional products to perfection. And Michael Markovec has won with us two new - big - fans. We will definitely come back to get to know his kitchen even better.


Hotel Restaurant Stainzerhof
Grazer Strasse 2
A-8510 Stainz
Austria
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Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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