Fine vinegars and spirits

For more than 30 years the Gölles family has been tending their orchards in the Styrian hill country surrounding historic Riegersburg Castle. Only the finest, purest and ripest fruit is used for making fine vinegars and spirits.

In addition to traditional plum schnapps and apple vinegar, the product range also includes more creative compositions such as “sow” pear schnapps and tomato vinegar.

Step up and have a look behind the scenes!

On the recently revised tour, you will visit Austria’s biggest cellar of vinegar barrels and put your taste buds to the test in a vinegar-tasting session. The most conspicuous elements in the schnapps distillery are the copper stills. The romantic schnapps cellar with its many oak casks and glass carboys suggests how long the fine spirits of Gölles must age before they’re released. Rounding off the tour is a tasting session of liqueurs and other fine spirits.

Zotter – chocolate manufactory

Explore the world of fine chocolate!

During the exciting tour of the Choco Shop Theatre you can see for yourself how chocolate is made. The glass walls afford you a view of production, and the tasting stations allow you to explore the transformation of cocoa beans into finished chocolate. Zotter produces some 365 different chocolate varieties that are just waiting to be tasted.

The Edible Zoo is an organic farm where heirloom species of regional plants and animals live and thrive together. It is an open-air experience that brings “organic” closer to home. From March to October you can enjoy organic food from the nearby gardens and pastures in the Essbar eco-restaurant.

Vulcano – ham manufactory

Ham as far as the eye can see and the nose can smell!

In an area of more than 10,000 square feet on three different levels, you can visit the world of fine smoked ham. The tour explains the individual production steps, including processing and ageing, and reveals the secrets behind the making of this succulent delicacy.

“Vulcano Ursprung” takes you to the source of good taste, presenting the world of smoked ham in the realm of the senses. An inimitable combination of information and experience in a uniquely enjoyable ambience.

Fromagerie – The Cheeseartist

Austria’s first “cheese art” company does an incredible job of making fine domestic cheese even better. The Riegersburg Fromagerie makes such refined creations as Vulkanland Cheddar and Zotter Cremissimo. Special experience: A guided survey of the cheeses accompanied by the right wines provides astonishing insights into the world of cheese.

And many many more…

Our vulcano land has more than 40 other culinary manufactories. “Gutfinden” was built because of our mutual appreciation and is good overview about the styrian culinary art.