Austria is known for its distinctive and sweet white wines!
(photo by: Alex Ranaldi)
Wine Tours in Vienna
One of the main reasons I love to travel is to experience the food and drink. Exploration in my book isn’t just wandering through ancient ruins or backpacking in tough terrain, although I absolutely love doing both! My tummy likes to explore, too, and I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying some of the best food and drink the world has to offer. Wine is a personal fave of mine – come on, I’m Italian – and you might be just as surprised as I was to learn that some of the best wine is in… nope! Not France! It’s Austria!
Not Just a Beer Country
Austria is better known for its beer, which is understandable considering the country’s German roots. German beer is arguably some of the best in the world, and Austria brews a mean pint itself. Austria is also home to the perfect climate for producing some of the world’s sweetest grapes, and Austrians know how to craft a fine glass of wine. So for this blog post, we’re going to set the brewskis down and go on a wine-tasting tour of Vienna instead!
Wine Tasting in Vienna
Let’s begin in the city of Vienna itself. I’ll be your tour guide on this excursion, so if I may have your attention, please! … I’m just kidding! But, seriously, read on. Vienna takes its grape-growing and winemaking very seriously, and wine is a huge part of the Viennese lifestyle. Because of its German influence, a majority of the wines you’ll find in this glorious city are whites – about 85 percent of the grapes grown in Vienna are white. This does not mean, however, that Viennese winemakers haven’t jumped on the red wine bandwagon. Many growers are also producing some wonderful reds now!
Before we embark upon our tour, let’s talk a bit about the types of wine you’ll find at Vienna wineries. I’ll make it easy and just give you a list! When traveling in Vienna, you’ll see these white wine varieties:
- Grüner Veltliner
- Gelber Muskatteller
And these red wine varieties:
- Pinot Noir
Vienna Wine Trail
Okay, let’s get to walking and drinking! To truly understand the Vienna wine experience, you must walk the Vienna Wine Trail. The Vienna Wine Trail is a breathtaking journey through Austria’s vineyards, and there are a ton of vintners offering wine-tastings to thirsty trailblazers! The Vienna Wine Trail begins at Neustift am Walkde and ends in Nussdorf. Some notable wineries along your route are Wiengut Cobenzl, Mayer on Pfarrplatzs, Welser, and Wolff. Set aside at least one full day for this excursion, although you might find two days more pleasurable: It’s a good-sized trail.
Wine Bar-Hopping in Vienna
Another way to experience the fantastic Viennese wines is to go bar-hopping. Wine bars are found throughout Austria’s capital city, and they are a fantastic way to feel the city’s pulse while enjoying some tasty wines. Some of the more popular Viennese wine bars that consistently make “best of” lists are:
- Pub Klemo at Margaretenstrasse 61: Although Pub Klemo’s name suggests it’s a beer garden, you’ll find plenty of wine-related education, events, and tastings at this wonderful Viennese wine bar.
- Spezerei at Karmeliterplatz 2: This is truly a wine bar for the adventurous because Spezerei does not have a wine list – you get to discuss wines with the staff to determine the ones you’ll try!
- Unger and Klein at Gölsdorfgasse 2: This wine bar is a busy one, but you won’t be hard-pressed to find wine experts here; even the regulars know a thing or two about Viennese vino!
- Vis-a-Vis at Wollzeile 5: This wine bar has the distinction of being the first wine bar within Vienna to offer wine by the glass. The wine bar is small, but the ambiance and selection are worth the squeeze!
- Wein & Co. at Jasomirgottstrasse 3-5: This is not only a wine bar but also a well-stocked wine store. You can purchase a bottle of wine from the store and enjoy it in the bar area for a small corking fee!
Wachau Valley Wine-Tasting Bike Tour
I’ve guided us on two fantastic wine tours within Vienna; now, it’s time to take a quick jaunt outside of the capital city to visit the wineries in Austria’s Wachau Valley. This unique wine tour takes you to the Austrian countryside, where you’ll be given a bike and tour guide who will show you some breathtaking scenery and teach you about some fantastic Austrian wines. The Wachau Valley Bike Tour is a single-day trip out of Vienna with wine-tasting and lunch included. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed, and you’ll get to work off all the wine you drank during our bar-hopping the night before!