No other country can lay claim to so much viticulture and wine culture in its capital city. Grapes were cultivated here as early as 1132 AD and it’s now “in” to drink Viennese wine.
During the Middle Ages, each district of Vienna worked its own vineyards
. In the 16th century the city's wine tavern culture
sprang to life. The Heurigen
(wine taverns) scene was made possible through an imperial edict, which allowed growers to serve food with their wine. The wine tavern culture continues to thrive. As the city grew, many of the vineyards were lost to development.
Recently there has been a trend towards recultivation
. Fine wine from Vienna is now counted among the classic wines of the world
. There are 630 producers (that's one wine producer per 2,500 persons - what a town!) working 1,680 acres of vineyards - many reachable by foot or tram
. White grapes
dominate these vineyards. Grüner Veltliner
the quintessential Austrian grape, is common, along with Riesling
. These crisp white wines are the perfect accompaniment to Wiener Schnitzel
, potato salad and all manner of Wurst.
The Vienna Heurigen Express
choo-choos wine lovers through vineyards and around town to many of the city's 180-plus wine taverns. Don't miss this one-of-a-kind cosmopolitan wine experience!
Another special experience for connoisseurs of wines is Vienna's Wine Hiking Trail.
Every year in Austria's autumn there is one weekend when the Vienna Wine Hiking Trail is accessible for public - including lots of opportunities to sample good wines and enjoy the view of the city.
Vienna's Wine Hiking Trail