Austrian Food and Wine

Yes, Austrian food and wine. You may know Austria for its spectacular scenery, skiing, music, old world charm, the Danube, its friendly people, or its pastries but, did you know that Austria has a thriving wine industry, some of the best coffee around and delicious food.  Much of that comes about through its past, when it was an Empire that reached far and wide into Eastern Europe and south into Northern Italy. In addition to native regional traditions like Viennese cuisine, Austrian food has been influenced by Hungarian, Czech, Jewish, Italian and Bavarian tastes.

Austria has one of the most trans cultural cuisines in Europe.  If you’ve never had a Wiener Schnitzel meal, you are missing out on a great tasting meal.

Austria's national meal on display, the Wienerschnitzel and trimmings

Vienna's Traditional Meal - Wiener schnitzel

Afterwards finish it off with a slice of Apfelstrüdel (apple strudel) and a cup of Viennese Coffee and you’ll surely need a walk but, you’ll be purring.  As an afternoon snack a slice of Sacher Törte (heavy on the chocolate) with that Viennese coffee is heavenly, although much more taxing on your waste.

Wine is especially interesting in that you seldom hear of Austrian wine.

A typical table setting at stops along the Wine country in Styria, austria

Light Table Setting in Styria

Much of that is due to the fact that there are over 20,000 wine estates in this rather small Central European country, which is attributed to a 1784 decree that allowed anyone to grow and sell wine out of their estate  without having to have a special permit.

When in Vienna, do take a walk along the Vienna Wine Trail, take in the scenery and do stop in in one of the Heuringens and sample some of the locally produced wines along with the local fare.

If you have some great gastronomic and wine experiences in Austria that you’d want to share, let us know and we’ll publish it.

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