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The most beautiful place to visit during Autumn in Austria - Südsteirische Weinstraße

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Warm rays of the setting sun, vineyards stretching on the horizon, mountains and valleys, green nature, and above all fantastic views and characteristic high cypresses. If you are already envious of my autumn holidays in Tuscany, I will stop you at this point and redirect you to the south of the Austrian region of Styria, as this is where you will find the most beautiful place to see in the autumn in Austria - the Südsteirische Weinstraße (street wine of southern Styria). A place not to be missed!


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Südsteirische Weinstraße - Austrian vineyard street


The beauty of Austria amazes me immensely. When I came here for the first time, I had in my mind pictures of castles and palaces, later I discovered the beauty of the mountains - now I admire the autumn nature and vineyards, which enchanted me completely. I wish I had known about this place before - in the end I live here a year! But there is always time to discover something new, so every visit to the Südsteirische Weinstraße makes me even happier. Having an Austrian Tuscany so close is a true win-win situation and perfect getaway spot.
The region of Styria (Steiermark) is famous for its wines (especially white, dry), but also for other drinks that appear almost everywhere in the autumn. Speaking of a semi-finished product - Sturm. It reminds a bit of punch, or the fruity soft drink, definitely differs from the taste of traditional wine, but in fact it is its young version. Sturm, which is technically a not fully fermented wine can be obtained in several variants. White and red, of which one can drink in such pure form or diluted with sparkling water. The taste is sweet, very fruity and in the autumn you can get it in the shops in the bottle with a little hole in the stopper (do not overturn it!), also in the small booths called Sturmstand, at festivals, fairs or just on  the vineyards in southern Styria. Most often they are accompanied by a snack called Maroni - roasted, edible chestnuts.
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How to get to South Styria?


Finding the Südsteirische Weinstraße is not a problem, although the basic question is - is it worth going by a car if you plan to drink alcohol? Austria allows the tolerance of 0.5 ppm, which in practice means about two Sturm mugs.You can also reach the spot by the public transportation (buses) from the towns.  Information about this place can also be found on the website www.suedsteirischeweinstrasse.at (in German and in English). The address is simply Südsteirische Weinstraße, 8461 Köbelberg, but the street runs through several smaller towns - the vineyards are located just by the Slovenian border, so don't be surprised if  you will receive a message "Welcome to Slovenia". :-)
On the street there are not only local, family-owned vineyards, restaurants, but also inns and hotels.

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Austrian Tuscany

The characteristic high cypresses, vineyards, mountains and valleys actually resemble Tuscany. If you plan to visit these regions, it is best to leave some time to admire the sunset in these areas. I guarantee it's worth it! Due to work during the week, I appeared late in the afternoon, perfect for the sunset, and I think the timing couldn't be better. Although the sunbeds between the vineyards and the view of resting there during the weekend on a sunny day is equally tempting.

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Austrian delicacies - Apfelstrudel and Buchteln and Jause


Austrian cuisine is not just the Schnitzel. Therefore, try some other local delicacies. In addition to edible chestnuts (my favorites!), Apple pie (Apfelstrudel), Buchteln (the soft yeast buns served with marmalade - typically made of apricots and sometimes vanilla sauce) are also available. At Südsteirische Weinstraße all pastries are prepared according to family traditions, always fresh and tasty! Jause will be the best choice for a bigger hunger - a plate of variety: local sausages, hams, cucumbers, eggs, bread spreads (both meat and eggs) and many more to eat on bread.

South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog

How to find a suitable restaurant on the Südsteirische Weinstraße


Okay, but where to stop when you reach the place? How to find a restaurant or rather a local Gasthaus or Weingut? The entire street is filled with numerous signposts with the names of restaurants and places that offer Sturm, Maroni and other snacks. There is no way to miss them because they often hang out extra signboards, such as "Maroni, 100M!" And you can also parking lots filled with cars. It also happens that the owners and guests themselves invite passers-by and just wave to the car - no way to refuse that!
The first place I visited was: Weingut Georgiberg, Wielitsch 54, 8461 Berghausen, Austria. I recommend it a lot!

South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog

The first visit was very successful!


Although I arrived at the place quite late in the afternoon after work, it was not an obstacle for discovering this place. Most of the places are open until late evenings or even night, though I do not hide that the most popular days to visit the wine street is of course the weekend. While arriving to the first place, Weingut Georgiberg, we've heard that the owners had already decided to close, but... made an exception for us. And so we were given chestnuts and Sturm and we could enjoy them (and the view!) in an exclusive form with no other guests. Perfect!

South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
 South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
South of Styria, travel in Austria, travel blog
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