Austria: Southern Styria-The Green State

Austria: Southern Styria-The Green State

In the middle of the fall, around the end of October, the choice of passable roads narrows in Austria. On streets at high altitude you naturally expect snow at this time of the year. And further down the slopes many of the available touring areas that are closer by may be growing a little old. The asphalt turns cold, too, and tires lose their grip, leaning for good angles. So, for enjoying the fall landscape, our best choices this time of the year are tours through Austria's southern regions.

One of the best areas for such fall tours is the southern part of Styria with its famous South Styrian Wine Streets. Lest you think that drinking and driving is legal in Austria, the wine-street designation stems from the fact that the grapes in the region usually grow on small steep hills, and the farmers need avenues to access their fields. And, as such, a large selection of windy little roads await. No long accelerations, only short uphill sections of one or two miles (some are longer) and most are paved but narrow. A KTM Duke fills the bill for fun when scooting here.