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Culinary Camelot along the Styrian Castle Route

With the Genusshotel Riegersburg as your epicurean base, wander this wild, romantic landscape to discover innovative artisans.

Elegantly tucked into a vineyard slope just 40 miles east of Graz, the Genusshotel Riegersburg was designed with gourmands in mind. Its sophisticated bistro, open exclusively to hotel guests, highlights the best of Styria by sourcing all ingredients locally. Some are more local than others: fine hams, cheeses, and balsamic vinegars are aged right on the property. Given the hotel’s harmonious design, spectacular views—from the bistro, top-floor spa, and 45 spacious guest rooms (all with terraces)—take in the surrounding orchards of rare, forgotten fruits and the mighty Riegersburg Castle. In this region known for hidden volcanoes, castles and a unique agricultural heritage, you’ll have plenty to explore.

Visit a mill where dark green, intensely nutty Styrian pumpkin seed oil is pressed and a farm where the particularly delicate Sulmtaler chickens are raised. At Vulcano, taste gently seasoned hams that have been cured up to 27 months and garnered several culinary awards. For delicately sweet vinegar and robust schnapps, drop by the Gölles family’s distillery. Admit sweet surrender to the Zotter family’s handmade chocolates, made from organic, fair-trade ingredients. This is only a sampling of the delicious possibilities. To plan tomorrow’s gastronomic tour, we recommend making your way to Klöch, a wine village famed for its rose-scented traminer wines. You can settle in at a cozy Buschenschank and savor homemade delicacies accompanied by excellent regional wines. To Camelot!