Wine - your constant companionSouthern Styria’s vines bloom and thrive to eventually produce fine wines. On your holiday in Southern Styria, you can find out more about wine and taste it simply by knocking on the door of your favourite wine-grower.
Sturm & KastanienAutumn has arrived when the South Styrian Wine Road Region is wrapped in a colourful sea of leaves, the days get shorter and you can savour the last warm rays of sunlight. At this time of the year, the chestnut roasters are open along the South Styrian Wine Road. And chestnuts go particularly well with the harbinger of the new wine vintage in this region - Sturm wine. This fermented grape juice is available in red and white varieties. The name Sturm (“storm”) reflects the cloudy nature of the drink. You’ll find that it sweetens the wonderful autumn days in Southern Styria.
Hops in Leutschach an der Weinstraße
In addition to wine, beer also plays an important role along the South Styrian Wine Road. Hop and wine growing has a long tradition especially around the region of Leutschach an der Weinstraße. The first cultivation trials were carried out around 1824, and after the Second World War Peter Reininghaus was the driving force behind hop cultivation in Southern Styria. Due to the special microclimate the quality of the hops that grow here is outstanding. And these hops are used to brew Reininghaus vintage Pilsner.
Styrian pumpkin seed oil
Pumpkin seed oil is the viscous, deep dark green, nutty oil made from the seeds of Styrian oil pumpkins. In spring the pumpkin plants are cultivated on the fields and in early autumn the pumpkin harvest takes place. Today, the harvest is mostly carried out using special machines and only rarely by hand.
It takes around 2.5 kg of dried ground, roasted and pressed seeds to produce 1 litre of oil.
Both the Styrian pumpkin seed oil and the oil pumpkin itself can be processed in many ways. In Southern Styria, the oil is mainly used for salads. But it's also used in cream of pumpkin soup, pumpkin seed pesto and scrambled eggs mad with pumpkin seed oil, all of which are popular regional dishes. In the sweet world of desserts, pumpkin seed oil in combination with vanilla ice cream, as pumpkin seed tiramisu, as pumpkin seed cake and as pumpkin seed liqueur. Unpressed, roasted seeds are covered with chocolate or caramel to create a popular snack.