Southern Styria


There are areas that are simply magical, like a fairytale. A bit enchanted, almost as if from another world. This is true of South Styria, which literally grounds you with its gentle rolling hills, forested peaks and fertile vineyards. There is something almost meditative about the peace and tranquillity that this vineyard-green landscape exudes. You can feel a deep sense of happiness and pure, inner peace.


Especially the area around the 633 metre high Kreuzberg, with its Mediterranean-Illyrian climate, long warm summer days and cool nights, reinforces the impression of being in a historically grown place of power. The Illyrians, Celts and later the Romans cultivated their vines here.
Even today, South Styria, the ‘Styrian Tuscany’, as it is often called, is a piece of intact nature and above all: a landscape of pleasure, with numerous superior restaurants and rustic ‘Buschenschänken’. A hidden paradise from a seemingly bygone era – in the here and now. A place for the senses. A home for gourmets and wine lovers.

Genau hier, in dieser großen Weißweinregion, die auf „Augenhöhe“ und auf dem gleichen 46.-47. Breitengrad liegt wie die Anbaugebiete Montrachet, Chablis, Sancerre oder Südtirol, kreiert „hidden Champion“ Thomas Rothschädl SIGNUM BLANC. Jeder Schluck erzählt die Geschichte seines Ursprungs und seiner Herkunft. Reife, elegante Weine mit feiner Frucht, ausgewogener Säure und einer mineralischen Note im Abgang. Das Ergebnis eines genialen Terroirs und eines kongenialen Weinmachers.

Woman in the vineyard

Summer at the Kreuzberg


Latest find 15.05.2021
Replanting in the vineyard
Kreuzberg / Leutschach


SIGNUM BLANC wächst auf turmalinhaltigem Felsboden, einem einzigartigen Terroir am Kreuzberg in der Südsteiermark.

Dort ist in dem lockeren metamorphen Gestein, in dem die Reben tief im Fels wurzeln und bis in feinste Ritzen dringen, schwarzer Turmalin enthalten, wie eine Bodenanalyse 2019 bestätigte. Geologisch gesprochen „beißt“ der Turmalin bei den SIGNUM BLANC Reben am Kreuzberg aus: er tritt zu Tage und durchzieht gleichzeitig die tiefen Gesteinsschichten.

Dieser Edelstein, der im Boden des Kreuzbergs seit Millionen Jahren unter den Rebstöcken ruht, ist ein wahrer „Schatz“. Als Schmuckstein ist schwarzer Turmalin mysteriös und magisch schön, aber er ist auch eines: energetisch wertvoll.

The power, energy and minerality of the black gemstone is absorbed by the fine deep roots of the vines, which wander persistently through the rocky, humus-poor soil in search of nutrients and minerals. It is precisely this power, energy and minerality that passes through the roots into the hand-picked grapes and is later intensified by the long maturation of the wine in the cellar.

The aromas are more condensed, more concentrated, which results in a very characterful wine. – “‘precious stone, precious wine!””

SIGNUM BLANC hat „Vinergie“.

Und die spürt man, Schluck für Schluck.

Geographical location and climate

The Illyrian climate of South Styria is an alpine adriatic climate and prevails in Austrias southeast and in parts of Slovenia. Protected by the alpine barrier, summers there are still as you remember them as a child: warm, sunny and endless. These summers are very slow to transition into a golden autumn. Warm days, cool nights in early summer, an average of over 20 degrees ensure that the vines can develop optimal fruit.

Illyrian climate brings more humidity than a Mediterranean climate. During the growing season, the vine loves the showers and thunderstorms that the Adriatic occasionally sends up. Sometimes during summer, the vine in South Styria also enjoys a Pannonian climate, dry and with little precipitation. The grapes dry and stretch towards the sun.

The Illyrian climate is a god-given climate, varied and unpredictable. In this respect, it is a tradition among Styrian vintners to maintain a good relationship with the weather god. They will be rewarded with magnificent vintages.


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