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“Vienna’s "Gemischter Satz" is the perfect pairing to our escargots.”

Vienna: The Wine-Growing Capital of the World

This is what memories are made of: sitting in a vineyard, a glass of wine in hand, and Vienna silhouetted by the evening sun.
During the Middle Ages, each district of Vienna worked its own vineyards, and by the time the 16th century came around, the city’s wine tavern culture sprang to life. An imperial edict around this time enabled the Heurige (wine taverns) scene to thrive, decreeing that growers were allowed to serve food with their wine. As the city grew, many of the vineyards were lost to development. Recently, however, there has been a trend toward recultivation.

Viennese wine is now counted among the classic wines of the world. There are over 630 producers (that's one wine producer per 2,500 Viennese inhabitants) working 700 hectares of beautiful urban vineyards, and many, such as the Nussberg vineyard on the outskirts of Vienna, are reached in no time at all and attract foodies and wine lovers alike and are reachable by foot or tram. White grapes dominate these vineyards. Grüner Veltliner, the quintessential Austrian grape, is common, along with Riesling and Chardonnay. These crisp whites are the perfect accompaniment to Wiener Schnitzel 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.

The Viennese take pride in their culinary heritage. Wherever you dine, you will taste family recipes created with local ingredients. Vienna’s unique cuisine is further enhanced by the city’s wine. Sipping Viennese wine paired with a traditional dish is something every culinary adventurer must experience, and the superb wines are also readily available in the city's bars, wines and pubs.

Highlights

  • View of Vienna from the vineyard © Wien Tourismus / Lois Lammerhuber View of Vienna from the vineyard © Wien Tourismus / Lois Lammerhuber
  • Dinner at the vineyard © Wien Tourismus Dinner at the vineyard © Wien Tourismus
  • Social gathering at a Heurig © Wien Tourismus Social gathering at a Heurig © Wien Tourismus
  • A laid table between the vines © Wien Tourismus A laid table between the vines © Wien Tourismus
  • Leisure time in Vienna © Wien Tourismus Leisure time in Vienna © Wien Tourismus
  • Restaurant terrace © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud Restaurant terrace © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud
  • Wine tastig at a table between the vines © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud Wine tastig at a table between the vines © Wien Tourismus / Peter Rigaud
  • Wine grapes from Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Wine grapes from Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Wieniger in Vienna © Österreich Werbung Wieniger in Vienna © Österreich Werbung
  • Wine shop © Wien Tourismus Wine shop © Wien Tourismus
  • Vines © Wien Tourismus Vines © Wien Tourismus
  • Vineyards near Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Vineyards near Vienna © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Vines © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner Vines © Österreich Werbung / Nina Baumgartner
  • Wine production and shop © Österreich Werbung Wine production and shop © Österreich Werbung

“As a place to relax with a fantastic panoramic view, I recommend our small wine tavern on the Nussberg!”

Fritz Wieninger © Wien Tourismus Fritz Wieninger © Wien Tourismus Vintner Fritz Wieninger and Andreas Gugumuck, Viennese snail farmer, #austriantime
Originally, Vienna's Heurigen were rustic roadside taverns, where customers sat on long wooden benches to refresh themselves. A tree branch hung above the door to signal that the Heuriger was open. To this day little has changed, apart from the number and variety of taverns where visitors can sample Vienna's superb wines.

Popular modern bars rub shoulders with historic Heuriger and taverns such as Sirbu, or Mayr am Nussberg, which offers a romantic view over Vienna.

It's easy for wine enthusiasts to combine their interest with a walk in and around Vienna, as the famous city trail number 5 takes visitors through old, cellar-lined streets, vineyards and oak woods.
Social gathering at a Heurig © Wien Tourismus Social gathering at a Heurig © Wien Tourismus

Viennese wine culture tips

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Schlumberger Wine Cellars Vienna © C. Mikes Schlumberger Wine Cellars Vienna © C. Mikes

A tour through Austria's oldest sparkling wine cellars

The Schlumberger Wine Cellars

Experience a fascinating mixture of history, tradition and during your time in Vienna. This is the magical place where the sparkle in Schlumberger is created. You are invited you to take a stroll through the 300-year old world of Austria's oldest sparkling wine cellars, learning about the "Méthode Traditionnelle" that originated from Champagne. Try your hand at riddling Schlumberger bottles and sample a glass of Schlumberger at the end of your tour.

You can take a guided tour and for an extra special experience enjoy one of three different tasting menus. 

Opening Hours: Wed 11am - 9.30pm, Thu - Sat 11am - 6pm

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