As Austria extends further towards the Mediterranean, the country’s landscape changes from rugged cliffs and mountain tops to a soft, green paradise. Styria’s southern wine country is called little Tuscany for a reason: vineyards that flow into each other and envelop the charming villages, the evening sunlight that bathes the hills in gold – it all comes together to form an unbelievable spectacle of nature. Austrians and visitors from all over the globe come together here to enjoy the local joie de vivre that comes along with living in such a magnificent place. A regional favorite are the “Buschenschanken,” which are traditional inns that serve authentic Styrian food and wine that often comes from the owner’s vineyard. Each “Buschenschank” has its own character and every local has her favorite: they range from rustic and down-to-earth to upscale and stylish, but all retain that signature Styrian hospitality and “Gemütlichkeit.” Take a hike in the sweeping vineyards and end your day with a scrumptious meal and a crisp glass of wine. Life really doesn’t get any sweeter than this.