Viticulture has a longstanding tradition in Eastern Styria of 2,000 years. Thus, a 75 m long archaeological trail of the Roman times winds its way through the gentle hills, forests and vineyards. Starting in Gleisdorf, the Roman Wine Road leads through the picturesque Eastern Styrian hill country, across Hartberg and to Bad Waltersdorf. The route description will give you an overview of its course.
Tasting wine is multi-facetted here, from a trip to the winemakers to a stop at one of the many taverns. The various soil types and structures of this impressive region are mirrored in every drop of wine. This wine-growing region has plenty to offer and its wide-ranging varieties lead from a typical Welschriesling to a punchy Sauvignon Blanc and an elegant Zweigelt. One highlight is the URBANUS® – the flagship wine of the Austrian Roman Wine Road. And there is a fitting wine for each regional "Jause" (cold meat and cheese platter) in the vineyards of Eastern Styria too. Welcome to the region in which indulgence has been celebrated for thousands of years.
The URBANUS® - which was named in honour of the patron saint of all winemakers, Pope Saint Urban I - is a registered trademark of the Roman Wine Road. It is a light, dry wine that can be produced by all members of the Wine Road. Every year on 2nd February (Candlemas), the wine growers open their doors for URBANUS® tastings as part of the Night Race event.