Vienna wineries. Few people know that my hometown is the only world city with a notable wine growing industry. Local wineries are a fantastic excuse to venture out of the city centre and into the green outskirts of Grinzing, Neustift, Stammersdorf, and Jedlersdorf. Start from my and my local friend Babsi’s tips of the best places.
Vienna Wineries. The word Heuriger means from this year and relates to the young wine vintners are selling. It also relates to the seasonal wine taverns that many vintners have been running since more than 220 years.
When my mother was a child in the late 1940’s, a Heuriger would exclusively sell wine and people would bring their own food to the bar. Gradually, vintners introduced cold and then warm snacks. Nowadays many have a gastronomic license and resemble Vienna attractions for visitors rather than traditional Heurige.
A Heuriger is not always open, to allow the vintners time to cultivate their vineyards and produce the wine. Check the Vienna Heurigen calendar here or watch out for those large wooden spruce sticks which stick out of the Heurigen horizontally when it is open.
The Vienna winery centre of excellence is in Grinzing/Neustift am Walde, in the northwest, where residential areas melt with rural vineyards. However, Grinzing has become a victim of its own beauty and partly of Anton Karas’ success, and has seen its authenticity suffer from severe bustourism.
Best Vienna Wineries
My friend Babsi, who grew up and decided to go back to live in Grinzing after a few years abroad, unselfishly recommends her most treasured Vienna wineries:
The Top 3 With a View
Weingut am Reisenberg
Winery located on a hill. The fantastic view over Vienna, the wine and the surroundings are well worth the work out. (Note from me: a beautiful next generation winery for those who don’t need authenticity to enjoy a place.)
1190 Wien, Reisenbergweg 15
Located in the midst of the vineyards right on top of the Nussberg hill. You sit on authentic wooden benches and tables right at the center of the raw material that is made into your wine. Whenever I arrive there I am heading straight for one of the few lovely rattan alcoves as there are only a few.
1190 Wien, Eichelhofweg
A real jewel in the midst of the vineyards. The buffet is simple, the wine yummy and the view over Vienna at dawn just spectacular.If you are up for a little outdoor adventure just walk past to Buschenschank Wagner. These two places are the only ones in the surroundings.
Wildgrubgasse 44, A-1190 Vienna
1190 Wien, Wildgrubgasse 48
The Top Traditionals
Vienna Wineries. The traditional Heurigen families have been vintners for generations and managed to maintain successful wine businesses. I love their warm and cold dishes, huge selection of wines and cosy atmosphere.
Kahlenberger Strasse 22; A-1190 Vienna, Nußdorf
T 0043 (0)1 370 22 22
open daily from February 2011
Iglaseegasse 10; A-1190 Vienna
T 0043(0)1 320 3330
Rathstrasse 44-46; A-1190 Vienna
T 0043 (0)1 440 23 35
Rathstrasse 54; A-1190 Vienna, Neustift am Walde
T 01/440 38 44
Open from April daily from 11am to 1am.
The Most Rustic Winery Area
Vienna wineries. What really boosts an authentic place is when it’s embedded in the local community. You get this feeling in Stammersdorf, one of Vienna’s most rustic winery areas. The former village at the city’s Northern border boasts a traditional road lined with wine cellars (Kellergasse). Stammersdorfer Strasse lines up several excellent wineries, among them Heuriger Reichl (no 41), Fritz Wieninger (no 78), and Weingut Helm (no 121). My favourite in terms of food is definitely Wieninger!
Vienna wineries. If you like nature walks and want to save time planning around, consider hiring a local guide for a stroll through the local vineyards and visit of selected wineries.
The hills of Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg are popular local weekend spots. On top, they will give you a wonderful view of the river Danube, and Vienna’s skyline. The paths are all paved, so no need to bring heavy hiking gear. Find out more about the wine hiking tour.
Vienna Wineries. I need to share this tour with you. Since I did it I LOVE electric bikes. Never thought I could cycle up our ‘house mountains’ Kahlenberg and Leopoldsberg without heart attack. We went through Nussdorf village, along the vineyards and past wineries, up to a church and monastery. The views of the Danube and across Vienna are breath taking. Find out more.
Vienna Wineries. When I visited this winery estate I had no clue how powerful its influence was on my home region. In fact I walked through Austria’s oldest wine estate. The vaulted wine cellars were four storeys deep.
On top of it, 900 years of real art treasures presented themselves. You can do a private tour through both the medieval monastery and the wine cellar, with wine tasting. Find out more about the Vienna Art Wine Tour.
Which Wines Shall I Have?
Vienna cultivates its own wines on 700ha of urban vineyards. Most of the cultivated wines are for white wine, notably Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Rheinriesling, and the popular Gemischter Satz. The latter is a blend of white wines which has become very trendy recently.
The best cultivated red wines in the area are Blauer Zweigelt, Blauburgunder, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Authentic Winery Dishes
My Top Five Heurigen dishes:
- Jellied sausage with oil, vinegar and onions (it IS worth a try)
- Dark bread with spreads such as Liptauer (soft cheese with sweet pepper) or Bratlfetten (cold gravy and lard), best eaten with pickled gherkins
- Breaded chicken legs with potato salad
- Roast pork with dumplings and Sauerkraut (white cabbage)
- vegetarian strudels
Do’s and Don’ts for Heurigen Pros
Babsi’s Do’s and Don’ts for Heurigen Pros:
- Choose your meals directly at the counter, most Heurige are self-service.
- Toast each other, two by two. If you are a group, don’t cross over with your glasses.
- Look each other in the eyes when you toast.
- Say ‘Prost’ (prounounce: Pro’st)
If you want to have a few glasses at a range of wineries across Vienna AND a safe return option, consider renting a car and driver. Get in touch if you need help.
Vienna Wineries Map
Check where the wineries in this guide are located in the map below. They are all situated in the northwest, around 25-45 min from the city centre.
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