A beautiful, romantic tour right into the heart of the South Styrian wine country. From Leutschach, the center of the largest wine-growing community in Styria, the trail leads us to one of the most famous and beautiful vantage points in the Südsteiermark Nature Park, the large grape cluster on the Eory-Kogel. Through the typically hilly landscape with its vineyards and in between shady forests we reach on this stage of the hiking route "From glacier to wine" via Sulztal an der Weinstraße in sections along the Styrian-Slovenian border to Ratsch an der Weinstraße.
Distance 16 km
Highest point470 m
Lowest point327 m
Parts of this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" are also identical with the Glanzer Hoftour, one of the most popular hiking tours in the South Styrian Nature Park. In addition to the grape on the Eory-Kogel, which has been in existence for many years, other art projects were also launched in 2015 to mark the anniversary of 60 years of the South Styrian Wine Route. The 5-meter high grape, made of stainless steel and glass, which has existed for many years, symbolizes the days and weeks in the cycle of the year with its 365 beads (and a 366th for the leap year) and the 52 parts (leaves, trunk and grape). In turn, the new gallery on the Wine Road, in which renowned artists such as Bodo Hell, Werner Reiterer, Konrad Adam, or Gerald Brettschuh have participated, together with young artists such as Verena Rotky or Michaela Sattler, deals with the theme of 60 years of the South Styrian Wine Road. The works created can be admired on the one hand as art prints on glass in an outdoor gallery in the region, and on the other hand 15 art print posters - signed and numbered - can be purchased online for each motif. The net proceeds were donated to charitable causes in southern Styria.
In the Thermen- & Vulkanland region of Styria, Eastern Styria and Southern and Western Styria, the GenussCard opens the door to over 200 excursion destinations when you stay overnight in one of the approximately 100 GenussCard partner establishments. Countless of these GenussCard excursion destinations, ranging from culinary manufactories to bathing lakes and museums, are located directly on the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine".
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From Leutschach, where in addition to viticulture, hop cultivation also plays an important role, which can truly be experienced at the Leutschach Brewery, the route first takes us along the Glanzer Hoftour slightly uphill to the Eory-Kogel with the largest grape in the world. Excellent wine taverns and wineries invite us to make a stop and also give us an insight into the art and craft of the winegrowers on what is probably Austria's most famous wine route, because here it is still possible to look behind the scenes in many places. At the Eory-Kogel we keep to the left and hike in the direction of Sabathihof, where we keep to the right and continue hiking along the Glanzer Hoftour. Soon we arrive over the Roßberg to the Germuth winery in the heart of the wine route near Glanz.
Directly along the border with Slovenia, identical with the Southern Alpine Trail 03, we continue hiking on this stage of the hiking route "From Glacier to Wine" to visit another beautiful spot directly south of Sulz an der Weinstraße in the area of the Dreisiebner Winery. The border table is a table surrounded with seats directly at the border between the two countries and was built for "border talks". The border table is intended to create a meeting place for cultural exchange. In addition, the border table offers itself as a communication hub for art, culture and politics, but also especially for private persons, especially the local population and vacation guests as a place to stay. After a last leisurely climb, the route continues to one of the most popular photo motifs in the Südsteiermark Nature Park, the Herzerlstraße - a street section in the shape of a heart. Passing more wineries and wine taverns, we soon arrive at our stage town Ratsch an der Weinstraße, hiking slightly downhill, before continuing along the border to Slovenia to Ehrenhausen the next day.
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Accessible by train and bus.
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There are numerous parking spaces available in Leutschach.
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Proper backpack packing makes many things easier: Pack heavy things first. The water bottle should always be within reach in a side pocket. All the things that are often needed, such as sunglasses, camera or hiking map, belong on top. An emergency kit, including blister plasters, belongs in every rucksack and it is always advisable to dress in layers.
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