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(Wine)architecture in South Styria

Turning old into new - yet remaining mindful of nature and harmonising with the landscapes. That is, and has always been, the South Styrian approach to building, and it has given rise to true masterpieces of architecture. Traditional buildings are catapulted into the future. Old Kellerstöckl (wine press houses) have been sympathetically restored to such a quality that they have graced many an architecture journal. Castles and museums have been brought into the modern age with futuristic glass structures and metal constructions. And although the preservation of historically significant buildings remains of utmost importance, one eye is always turned to the future. In this, it is largely the wine-growing estates, gastronomic businesses and tourist establishments that set the tone for South Styria.

As you travel through the charming hilly scenery, garlanded with beautiful vineyards, dense forests and lush meadows, you will occasionally notice a new building or two. Modern, architecturally impressive, blending masterfully into the landscape. The use of natural materials is always at the forefront. Buildings with large glass frontages, futuristic wooden facades and untreated metals tower between the more traditional old buildings, highlighting South Styria's trailblazing path in architectural culture. This kind of architecture proudly reflects the origin story and quality of the region's most outstanding products; wine being a primary example. Vinicultural architecture blends tradition and modernity, creating bold and exciting buildings and a fascinating, one-of-a-kind landscape.