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  • 18.10.2018
About Western Styria

A high quality wine region

This commemorative stamp from the “Austrian wine regions” series is dedicated to a very specialwine region: the home of the Schilcher wine in Western Styria.

The name of the region may be somewhat misleading: Western Styria is actually located in the south- west of the federal province; the climate in the north-western area, the mountainous Upper Styria, is not suited to wine production.

At around 500 hectares, Western Styria is the smallest wine-growing region in Styria, but was already used for producing wine in Celtic times. At up to 600 metres above sea level, the vines are cultivated. The Illyrian climate, a transitional climate between the Mediterranean, the Alpine and the Pannonian climate, with high levels of precipitation but also plenty of sun, together with the soil conditions, ensure the uniqueness of the Blauer Wildbacher grape typical of the region and better known as theSchilcher.

Western Styria, also labelled as the “Styrian Tuscany”, can be explored along the length of the 40kilometre-long Schilcher wine route. Here, scattered between fields of fruit and grain, you can find small vineyards and hidden taverns where you can sample both local delicacies and the outstanding wine. Local cultural heritage sites such as Stainz Castle or the medieval Deutschlandsberg Castle, which is depicted on the commemorative stamp, are popular tourist attractions.

The shimmering wine

The legally protected name “Schilcher” is derived from the verb “schillern”, meaning to shimmer; acharacteristic feature of the wine is its rosé to light red colour. The Blauer Wildbacher is a black grape. Only rosé wines pressed from grapes of this variety which have been grown in Styria can take the name Schilcher. In 2018 the designation Weststeiermark DAC was introduced to designate the quality wines typical of this region.

Its unique flavour makes Schilcher unmistakeable. A distinctive acidity and full, dry flavour are accompanied by a fruity bouquet; an exquisite bouquet of redcurrants, strawberries or raspberries is typical. Schilcher is also enjoyed in autumn as Sturm, a grape cider, or it can be processed into a fine sparkling Schilcher wine.