Südsteiermark | Region in Austria.
History | Archduke Johann of Austria pioneered and actively promoted viticulture in the region.
Vineyard area | 2,563 hectares (6,330 acres).
Main grapes | Südsteiermark is best known for Sauvignon Blanc. Also grown Welschriesling, Chardonnay (’Morillon’), Gelber Muskateller and Traminer.
Main towns | Berghausen. | Ehrenhausen. | Gamlitz. | Kitzeck. | Leutschach. | Ratsch. | Sankt Nikolai. | Sausal. | Spielfeld.
Terroir | The vines lies either along the Styrian-Slovenian border, or up towards the Sausal region, west of the main town of Leibnitz. Challenging terrain, because most of the vineyards are planted on extremely steep inclines.
Soil | Varied, sandstone, slate (shale, schist), marl, limestone.
Single vineyard sites | Czamillonberg. | Grassnitzberg. | Kittenberg. | Nussberg. | Obegg. | Sernauberg. | Kranachberg or Zieregg.
Wine styles | Junker wines are the first-released wines from the new vintage. Klassik wines are the regular wines. Lagen or reserve wines come from single sites (see above).