Zwei Frauen braten Kastanien und trinken Sturm (Federweißer)  | © Steiermark Tourismus | Harry Schiffer

Storm & Chestnuts

When it comes to autumn in Southern Styria, a storm is never far off. But don’t worry, we’re not talking about the weather. That stays fine until the end of the year. The storm that we’re talking about is made from Southern Styria’s most precious asset, grapes. Sturm wine is a traditional drink and is made around the time that you can smell the scent of roasting chestnuts (known as “Kastanien” or “Maroni” in Styria).

If you take a trip along one of the wine routes you will find plenty of stalls offering delicious, freshly roasted chestnuts wrapped in newspaper, as well as a glass of fantastic red, white or Schilcher Sturm wine. You can enjoy this delicious, slightly fermented grape juice to the full between the beginning of September and the end of October, depending on the time of the grape harvest. Sturm wine and hot, fresh chestnuts is the taste of autumn in Southern Styria.