Wineries in Vienna

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Vienna

Vienna: The Wine Capital

No other country can lay claim to so much viticulture and wine-related culture in its capital city. Grapes were cultivated in Vienna as early as 1132 A.D.

Vienna's Wine History

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, however, there has been a trend toward recultivation.

Vineyards in Vienna at the Nussberg

Vineyards in Vienna at the Nussberg

ÖWM (Österreich Wein Marketing GmbH) / Gerhard Elze

Wine in Vienna Today

Viennese wine 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 700 hectares / 1,680 acres of beautiful urban vineyards – many 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.

View to Vienna

View to Vienna

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"Heurige" Wine Taverns

Originally, Vienna's Heurigen were rustic roadside taverns, where customers sat on long wooden benches to refresh themselves. A small 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. Since 2019, Viennese heuriger culture has also been considered an intangible cultural heritage by UNESCO.

It's easy for wine enthusiasts to combine their interest with a walk in and around Vienna, as city hiking trail no. 5 takes visitors through old, cellar-lined streets, vineyards, and oak forests.

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Winery Hajszan in Vienna

Winery Hajszan in Vienna

Peter Rigaud

Tip: Try This Wine

Wine taverns and restaurants in Vienna usually have a great selection of Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Pinot Blanc as well as Pinot Noir and Zweigelt. But there is one wine you need to try when visiting Vienna: the "Gemischte Satz". This is a wine made from a variety of grapes. At least 3 and up to 20 (!) different grape varieties are planted in the same vineyard, and harvested and pressed together to make the Gemischte Satz.

Originally, growers used the varying degrees of ripeness and acidity as a way to ensure consistent quality and guard against the risk of poor harvests. Today, however, the Gemischte Satz has experienced somewhat of a renaissance among gourmets and is now being served in restaurants around the world.

Learn more: An Intro to Austrian Wine
Wieniger in Vienna

Wieniger in Vienna

Austrian National Tourist Office