Styrian wine – fruity, light and dry
The geographical factors of climate, soil and location provide Styrian wines their characteristic fruity taste of ripe grapes. The wines are characteristic for their lightness which results from low alcohol content and their dryness without unpleasant residual sweetness.
The small harvests have to meet a high demand on the part of connoisseurs, wine stores and starred restaurants. What had previously been a voluntary control of quantity has been prescribed as mandatory by the Styrian Provincial Government since 1989.
Demand and sales of Styrian wines have increased not only because Styrian wines cater for the taste that is currently popular, but also because they are available in so many varieties (there is no other wine-growing region in Europe that can boast so many varieties of quality wine).
There are of course excellent white wines, but the availability of equally good red wines is often overlooked. In Styria, 77 % of the vineyards are white wine varieties, 12 % red wines and 11 % Schilcher, the unique Austrian rosé pressed from the Blauer Wildbacher variety.
Blauburgunder: a very dark, extra-rich red wine with a dry taste
Blauer Zweigelt: a full, powerful red wine with a brilliant ruby color and delicate dry flavor
Junker: a young, light and very dry wine; traditional it is a whit wine, but there are also Schilcher Junker and successful attempts with red wines
Müller-Thurgau (Riesling x Sylvaner): a delicately aromatic wine that develops quickly and should be drunk young
Morillon (Chardonnay): one of the most important varieties at present, ripens in Styria to an extra-rich, full-bodied wine with fine fruity sharpness and typical bouquet
Rheinriesling (Riesling): a lively, flowery wine that is always elegant
Ruländer (Grauer Burgunder, Pinot gris): a rich-bodied wine with a very typical full bouquet and suitable sharpness; this variety produces excellent quality year after year
Sämling 88 (Scheurebe): a wine with a very typical bouquet; a variety for connois-seurs
Sauvignon blanc (Muskat-Sylvaner): a light to very spicy bouquet, an extra-rich, full wine of exquisitely developed sharpness; a specialty
Schilcher (Blauer Wildbacher): a light, dry wine with delicate bouquet and sharp flavor; light to ruby red. This rosé wine is a Styrian specialty and is legally protected.
Traminer (Gewürztraminer): this variety charms with its fine and often intense bou-quet. The Gewürztraminer features an additional fullness of spicy aroma. Great Tra-miners are always extra rich with body and elegance.
Weißburgunder (Klevner, Pinot blanc): the most popular wine after Welschriesling; a full, high-quality wine with a balanced flavor
Welschriesling: the most popular Styrian wine, fruity, usually sharp with a fine, full-bodied touch. It is a wine for virtually any day occasion. Best when one year old.