“a unique cultivated garden amidst the vineyards“
“a unique cultivated garden amidst the vineyards“
Come visit this hidden gem with its wealth of flowers and the scent of herbs, the unique charm of a vineyard with a great view of the softly rolling hills, meadows and woods all around. Let me show you this idyllic place, enclosed yet open to the outer world. Follow me on a tour of my precious gardens that are a highlight of their own, which I cultivated over the years with lots of love, strength and experience to turn it into a true natural jewel. Taste the wines from the grapevines cultivated here, feel their origin, and enjoy the passion of local viticulture with all of your senses.
Please call in advance for your personal appointment. Tours are held regardless of weather, cancellation
Nature seduces us with all its colours, as far as the eye can see. Flora unveils its secrets to those who love its treasures.Synergies extend over 4 levels that are bound together by the stone walls of the single-vineyard sites Hochgrassnitzberg, Obegg, and Grassnitzberg. Come with me and enjoy this patch of paradise and learn more about the symbiosis of landscape, nature, passion, and terroir.
We will taste some Grosse Lage wines of Südsteiermark together, whose unique aromas complement the diversity in the gardens. With mother earth, wine, and man in harmony.The term “terroir” has many meanings. Find out how I go about conveying my idea of “terroir”.
To be able to fully enjoy nature and your visit here, the number of visitors per group is limited to a maximum of 20 persons (larger groups will be divided). Please call me for an appointment as a first step into my gardens.Let me take you to a world full of nature and aromas, relax and forget everything else around you for a while.I’m very much looking forward to your visit in the Terroir Südsteiermark Garten®.
Discover the world of plants and their special flair and charm.The Südsteiermark Gardens is open from April to November. Bookings & appointments for terroir and aroma tours. Farm store: Discover our selection of vinegars, honeys, chutneys, lavender cookies, wines, soaps, herb salts, vintage objects, and more. Back to the old ways of making preserves, always with an eye to a healthy diet. Industrial processes and artificial additives tend to be irritating and confusing. Discover the taste of wild orchards, rare vegetables, and diverse herbs and blossoms. Enjoy and find your inner self to stay in balance.Our garden shop also offers antiques and flee market objects with patina. “Granny had it, mummy threw it away, and I bought it anew.” Every detail is part of a greater whole. A new find may go well with existing interiors. Vintage objects with heart and soul, from times gone-by.
the magic of South styria
- Expect an unforgettable experience, an experience that will grasp all your senses. Enjoy the magic of Südsteiermark and its unique flair.
- Meander through this wonderful garden scenery, for a symbolic visit to the deeper layers of this magical landscape. Taste a selection of wines amidst the Südsteiermark Garten.
- Enjoy the sheer opulence that nature in Southern Styria has to offer: colours, scents, taste sensations, and many other sensual impressions. The delightful diversity of flora and fauna.
- Trees, shrubs, and flowers; old roses; the scent of lavender; daffodils, tulips, peonies; sunflowers, dahlia, zinnia; the orchards with apples, pears, and plums.
- Amur marples and cypresses; below them the vineyards, grapevines, and grapes; blooming and withering, growing and waning, ripening and harvesting, coming and going in the natural cycle of the seasons.
- The fresh colours of spring, the flaring summer heat, the colours of fall. Sunshine and rain, silence and storm; the cooling winds. The humming of the bees and bumblebees, the murmur of a fountain
’ll tell you a story so you know how things you can see today came to be: the gardens, old roses, the orchard, the beehives, and grapevines that carry the grapes for the famous Sauvignon Blanc of the winery, my aroma and terroir tours, my home-made specialties, and my work as a life coach and certified provider of systemic and individual family constellation with Tetralemma module. It is the story of these vineyards and the story of my life.
Together with my husband Walter, I planted the vines on the Obegg site back in 1989, where we harvest the grapes for our highly complex Morillon (Chardonnay). When looking for a home for ourselves and our family, we found an old farmhouse. We bought it and converted it to fit our needs. This happened back in 1991. We still live there today.
One year later, we planted the site of Hochgrassnitzberg, again with our own hands. The vines come up close to our house. I gave birth to four children: Walter jr., Lukas, Anna, and Lara. Three of my children have meanwhile grown up. Walter jr. left us much too early. The loss of my first-born was a hard hit, and it took me years to cope.
To rediscover my strength, I started planting a garden above the vineyards, in 1992. My passion for old roses and historical plants have grown from year to year, and the gardens with them. This vitality and new force of life that I found in what’s today the Südsteiermark Garten® was not only obvious to me: many of our guests were also aware of its special magic and of the strength of this place, and found in it a place for contemplation. In addition to my tasks as a winegrower and mother, I took courses with reputable teachers.
Several years ago, I planted a row of cypresses bordered with lavender. My husband had to sacrifice 1 000 grapevines to make it possible. It took some time and effort to persuade him, but meanwhile the gardens and the vineyards have fused to a mutually fruitful unity. The historical roses, shrubs and grapevines of the site are nourished by the terroir of our vineyard.the garden as a workplace
I would not even think of using artificial fertilizer or chemical plant protection. I fully trust the forces and diversity of nature. Bees populate the garden. They feel at home here and collect the honey from the roses, from lavender and all other blossoms. The wild orchard is home to noble fruits, old varieties of apples, quinces, plums, and pears that I process into the finest delights. Here I familiarize visitors of my terroir and aroma tours with the secrets of soil, landscape, and wine. Here I give support to customers in difficult life situations and at the crossroads of life, using Tetralemma coaching to help them in finding a good decision for themselves.
This vineyard and these gardens are my workplace, as winegrower, producer of regional specialties, as a certified life coach and certified systemic family constellation practitioner, and as a guide to this wonderful landscape and the strength that it bestows on each of us.