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With the introduction of the 3 DAC regions - Vulkanland Steiermark, Südsteiermark and Weststeiermark - the three-tier quality model of estate wine, local wine and site wine finally made its way into the Styrian wine regions. Since then, the names of the vineyards have only been used for the top quality wines

In practice, however, not much has changed for most estate wines, as most producers have only used site names for their top wines in the past anyway. Especially the members of the association "Steirische Terroir- & Klassikweingüter" (Styrian Terroir & Classic Wine Estates) had long since agreed on a clear delimitation of qualities and additionally subdivided the vineyards into Erste (1STK) and Große (GSTK) Ried.