Austria's orchards: The Apple Road in Styria

More than two thirds of Austria's fruit growing areas are located in Styria. And about 80 percent of it is planted with apples and pears. The annual production of apples alone is about 200,000 tons. Some of the fruit plantations can be explored on foot or by bicycle - on the Styrian Apple Road.
The route winds its way through eastern Styria for about 25 kilometres. And between Gleisdorf, Weiz and Hartberg it passes numerous vantage points, natural and cultural monuments and millions of apple trees. Their fruits can be tasted everywhere: raw or processed into juices, must and schnapps.

Castel del Monte in Apulia

Bare landscape, strong red wines: The Castel del Monte wine route

The Castel del Monte, built by the Staufer Emperor Frederick II amidst the vines, with its symmetrical octagonal floor plan, is one of the most beautiful castles of the Middle Ages: the highlight of the Wine Route of the homonymous wine growing region.
On a stretch of 70 kilometres, the path winds through karstic Alta Murgia. There is a lot to see: besides the Staufer Castle, also magnificent cathedrals such as Santa Maria Assunta in Andria or the Roman Museum in Ruvo di Puglia with its painted amphorae. Also to drink: above all the strong reds and the Moscato di Trani are recommended.

Chapel of St. Bacchi in Jouques

Between Avignon and St.Tropez: The wine route of Provence

When the Greeks founded Marseille 2600 years ago, they brought vines to France: Provence is therefore considered the oldest wine-growing region in the country. A drive along the Route des vins de Provence offers the unique opportunity to discover this wonderful area in the south-east of France.
From the papal residence of Avignon to the first Roman settlement on Gallic soil, Aix-en-Provence, to the glamorous seaside resort of St. Tropez, the route takes you past countless vineyards, mountain villages and lavender fields. Tip: the new wine centre Carré du Palais in Avignon.