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Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

Sensing the Südsteiermark: A Tale of Two Hanneses

If perspective and sensory exploration is everything in wine, then the culmination of Steiermark’s landscape, aura, people, gastronomy and passion, manifests into a region that is quickly becoming the go-to place. My focus is on one of the three classified wine-growing regions in the greater Steiermark (Styria) area, Südsteiermark. Triangular in shape with its northern […]

Styrian oil made in Russia?

Styrian oil made in Russia?

Austria’s southern province Styria, well known for its apples and pumpkins, is up against cheap imported “Steirisches Kürbiskernöl”– the dark-green and viscous pumpkin seed oil with its characteristic nutlike flavour – on sale in supermarkets and misleadingly labelled as being of local origin. These were the conclusions of an investigation by the consumer organisation Verein für […]

Basking in Bad Blumau

It was a warm day in early October, when a friend and I decided it was time to get out of town for the weekend. We pulled out the guidebooks and browsed; we wanted a complete change of scene without spending the weekend in the car. We picked Bad Blumau, a famed mineral spa in […]

A Mountain Top Blessing

“How happy we are that we are here!” called out Father Miroslav. With his arms spread wide above the mountain-top altar he looked like a mountain eagle coasting on the alpine thermals. His rather beaky face made the image perfect, while his soft voice and Polish accent made the word ‘happy’ sound even happier. And […]

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