»DAC« means matters of trust,
and mandatory hand-harvesting in the Styrian dialect!
The Steiermark has three DAC (Districtus Austriae Contollatus) winegrowing regions: SüdsteiermarkDAC , Vulkanland SteiermarkDAC and WeststeiermarkDAC.
These three regions of the Steiermark stand for distinctive Qualitätswein, characterised by the expression of their respective terroirs.
Qualitätswein, bearing the signatures of both
terroir and the individual grower.
It is the artisanal work of sustainably-minded winegrowers responsible for their landscape that lies behind the quality of the wines. The Steiermark's DAC regions areas are the only ones in Austria where harvesting by hand is mandatory and where the Ortswein and Riedenwein stand in the foreground.
GEBIETSWEINE: The diversity of the Steiermark
The DAC-Gebietsweine are the young, fresh and fruit-forward regional wines from the three DAC regions SüdsteiermarkDAC, Vulkanland SteiermarkDAC and WeststeiermarkDAC. They should each give an initial impression of the collective terroir (soils, climate, cellar & craft) of the respective region and depict the respective grape variety (or the grape varieties in a cuvée) with greatest possible clarity in terms of flavour.
ORTSWEINE: Ambassadors of local character
The Styrian DAC Ortsweine are the wines that represent the locally specific flavour characteristics in all three Styrian wine regions. The Steiermark’s DAC Ortsweine are intended to capture the differences between the respective communities and growing areas in wine; to represent in wines the confluence of the respective soils, the microclimatic conditions and sometimes also from the primary varieties of some of the so-called ‘wine islands’.
You can find the respective Ortsweine of the SüdsteiermarkDAC, Vulkanland SteiermarkDAC and WeststeiermarkDAC here.
RIEDENWEINE: The expression of the best sites
Riedenwein is the highest level in the DAC pyramid. No vineyard is like any other. Their own individual character is born out of the orientation of the vineyard, the sunlight, the soil and ultimately the work of the winegrower.
The system of origins serves to protect a cultural asset – the distinctive wines of the Steiermark – in their variety and quality.
Advantages of the new system of origins can be found in this overview.