What used to be true 230 years ago, is still true today: When a bundle of twigs (“Buschen“) is found at the entrance, the “Buschenschank” is open. Back in the day, Joseph II, a son of empress Maria Theresia, granted family farms the right to serve their own produce to guests. And fortunately for all gourmets and foodies, the rustic wine taverns of Styria have remained true to this tradition.
All across the wine-growing areas of Styria, you can find cosy wine taverns, some of them traditional, some of them modern. Many of them are true gems surrounded by splendid nature. Enjoy a glass of Welschriesling or Muscatel in their homely parlours or vineyards and you’ll feel like you’ve entered culinary heaven.
An absolute must when visiting a rustic wine tavern in Styria is sampling some of the traditional culinary delights of Styria. Every winemaking family has their own specialties – and you can enjoy them in a one-of-a-kind atmosphere.
For instance: traditional snack platters with bacon and smoked meat, spreads and homemade bread, scarlet runner beans with pumpkin seed oil, savoury Buchtel dumplings, cold beef salad, soft goat cheese, aspic, Styrian funnel cake, Apfelschlangl apple pie, and much more
Of course, you should also try the delicious local wines when visiting a rustic wine tavern in Styria. For instance, enjoy a glass of Welschriesling, Muscatel, Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Traminer, grape or apple juice
In the west, for instance in Ligist, where the Schilcher wine route starts, you can find a very special wine: the Schilcher. With its grass and berry aroma, its pleasant acidity and distinctive dry taste, the pink to onion-coloured wine is a perfect aperitif. The Styrian wine also comes in a sparkling version and is ideal with food, for instance with a classic Brettljause snack platter.
If you visit the Schilcher wine route in autumn, don’t forget to try the famous “Schilchersturm”, ideally together with some delicious “Kestn” (freshly roasted chestnuts)!