Heurigen – what a treat. Good food, great local wine and a very comfortable down home setting. And please do take your time, no rush to get you out of your seat here.
Vienna sits in the heart of Austria’s wine producing region, amidst which you’ll find the Heurigen (also referred to as Heurige, or Heuriger) – Vienna Wine Taverns - an integral part of Vienna’s culture and ambiance and a definite must visit. Stop at a Heurigen, sip one of that establishment’s wines along with some great cold cuts and enjoy this treasure and tradition of Austria and Vienna in specific. Many Heurigens also serve great home cooked food and will have fresh backed pastries, yummm. Definitely not a dieters paradise but, who cares when you’re out to enjoy.
Historically, due to a decree passed in 1784, today there are some 20,000 wine producing estates in Austria; with the majority in the Eastern part of the country and Vienna sits in the middle of it. There are scores of vineyards all around Vienna and nearby are areas such as the Wachau Valley region, which offers up a bounty of vineyards on its hillsides and steep slopes.
Visit a wine village or two and not only can you tour a winery but, you can also savor some of the local fare, making it into a truly rich and rewarding Austrian travel experience.
Vienna and wine, as with Vienna and coffee are inseparable. Vienna is the only world capital producing significant quantities of wine within its city limits. But it is more than just an attraction; it is a defining element of the urban image, and a significant contributor to Vienna’s economic system and to the quality of life of its residents as well as guests and visitors.
An especially wine rich area in Vienna encompasses approximately 700 hectares (1,730 acres) and includes the towns of Kahlenberg, Nussberg, Bisamberg and Mauer. Its proximity to the Vienna Woods and the Danube River provides ideal climatic conditions for wine growing. Once a year in the fall, on what is called the “Vienna Wine Hiking Day” (for 2011, the dates are September 24 and 25th), the “Vienna Wine Trail”, is opened to the public. The trail includes two routes, each winding through the vineyards, and offering scenic outlooks of Vienna and the Danube.
Route 1 goes from Neustift am Walde to Nussdorf and winds through an area rich in legendary locations for Viennese wine and Heurigen tavern traditions. One possible stop on this trail is the Wien Cobenzl winery, which won two prizes at the 2008 Vienna Wine Awards.
Route 2 goes from Strebersdorf to the famous Heurigen location of Stammersdorf. The landscape is not the only impressive feature of this 10 kilometer long trail (6.2 miles). The numerous Heurigens along the way offer a pleasant break from the walk. Stop and have a sip or two of the locals’ wine along with some delicious local fare. The Weingut Wieninger is particularly popular and well-known.
The reason the walk is not open at other times is that the trail runs trough private property but, that should not keep you from taking in open parts of the trail or enjoying what the various Heurigens have to offer. Put on your walking shoes and let’s go.
When at a Heurigen, enjoy a glass of Trachen Weiss Wein – local dry white wine.
Learn more about Vienna at Vienna Tourist Attractions. Enjoy!