The Südsteirische Weinstrasse (Sothern Styrian Wine Route) is the most popular one of all the wine roads in Styria. Its popularity is more because of the picturesque landscape than because of the wines (I found better wines in other areas of Styria but most of them sold here are not bad either).
The road runs along and over the tops of the wine hills along the frontier between Austria and Slovenia and the road itself is originating and ending in Austria but sometimes it is the frontier itself and even runs a few short bits through Slovenian territory so you should not be surprised that you may meet both Austrian and Slovenian police cars. "Schengen" is now fully valid for Slovenia as well so you may freely cross the frontier and there are no more checkpoints. But you should nevertheless always carry a passport or identity card.
- Road Trip
- Wine Tasting
Go for Wine Tasting
South Styria is famous for its wine, especially with its grapevipe covered hills and brilliant sunshine. Gamlitz has some good wine producers and you can go to the estates (Weingut) to try out their wines and buy a few bottles. Some Weinguts have small but good restaurants for visitors and tourists to enjoy the excellent local food and wines.
One of the places I went was Schloss Gamlitz (Castle Gamlitz) where I attended a wine tasting tour complete with tour of its wine museum and wine cellar. After the wine tasting, I had lunch at the Schloss Gamlitz own little restaurant. The food was good and the wines served were equally good.
Take some time to explore Gamlitz wine producing areas and Weinguts. You will not regret it!
- Food and Dining
Drive around the Weinstrasse
The hilly region between Styria and Carinthia is the land of vineyards and fine wines. The south Styria, where there are many vineyards and grapevines-covered hills, is also nicknamed "The Tuscany of Austria".
During the Autumn season, when the trees and leaves are changing colors, the whole area is very picturesque and beautiful.
Go there to enjoy the new wine harvests and the beautiful landscape.
The "Gamlitzer Weinlesefest" takes place every year on the first weekend of October. Vines of the area and local products are presented, they have food stalls, music and a big parade on Sunday afternoon.