South Styrian festivals
Numerous other communities and churches in the region celebrate harvest thanksgiving in their own way too. While today we may benefit from many useful technical advances and our ability to monitor the weather, the farmers of vegetables, cereals, fruit and grapes remain almost entirely at the mercy of nature. Heavy rainfall or hailstones are enough to destroy a harvest. The more profound the thankfulness for a successful harvest, the merrier and more relaxed the mood afterwards. The big Harvest Thanksgiving festivals or Wine Harvest festivals usually last several days, and include a church service and a traditional Styrian harvest procession on the Sunday. As you might expect, food lies at the heart of the Wine Harvest festivals in the Wine Country. At the big festivals in Gamlitz, Leutschach an der Weinstraße and Leibnitz, visitors can browse the many different stalls to sample their fill of fresh "Sturm" (semi-fermented new wine) and other exquisite wines. And of course there is no shortage of culinary delicacies at the wine taverns. A complementary programme of events with lots of highlights only adds to the atmosphere.
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Those interested in an excursion from Graz or the surrounding towns to attend a Wine Harvest festival can travel by train. The S-Bahn Line 5 connects Graz with South Styria. It runs several times a day from Graz city (as well as from Graz airport) towards Bad-Radkersburg and back again. You can also embark or disembark in Wildon, Lebring, Kaindorf an der Sulm, Leibnitz, Ehrenhausen and Spielfeld-Straß on this line.