The South Styrian Climate
The southern part of Styria is located in an area under the climatic influence of the Mediterranean Sea, in the Illyrian climate zone. This reaches from the southern part of Carinthia to the far southeast of Austria. High pressure zones (Adriatic highs) arriving from the Adriatic Sea ensure, especially in autumn, that the weather here is noticeably milder than in the more northern areas of Central or Upper Styria.
The summers in southern Styria are also warmer than in the other regions, quite noticeably in Leibnitz, one of Austria’s hotspots. The average temperature in January is around 0°C, and in July around 22°C. In high summer, days over 30°C become more and more frequent.
From the viticultural perspective this means: The warm, humid Mediterranean climate determines the long vegetation period, while cool nights promote the development of rich flavors and structure in the wine. Both of these factors give the regional white wine varieties, as well as the increasingly common red wine varieties, a richness and nobility.
The Climate in Numbers:
- Annual mean temperature of 9.8°C
- Annual sunshine duration of 1,980 hours
- Total annual precipitation of 827mm
- Summer days (high temp. over 25°C): 95
- Tropical days (high temp. over 30°C): 72
- Frost days: 10