Wine Regions of Austria – Sudsteiermark stamp
Austrian post presents a new stamp in its "Austrian Wine Regions" series, which is all about the popular region of Sudsteiermark (Southern Styria) and its breathtaking landscape.
Südsteiermark (South Styria), near the Slovenian border, is mainly Sauvignon blanc country - however, the 1,950 hectares of vineyards also include Welschriesling, Morillon, Muskateller and Traminer.
Soil types include sandstone, shale, clay and shelly limestone. The combination of warm days and cool nights gives a long growing season, resulting in crisp, aromatic and full-bodied wines. The region also produces "Junker" - fruity, young wines.
Prominent producers include: Erich & Walter Polz, Gross, Erwin Sabathi, Tement and Sattlerhof.
The warm humid climate and steep hills make this one of the toughest places in Austria to be a vigneron.