Boasting the largest vineyard surface area within any city limits, Vienna is a city to visit not purely a destination for art and culture, but it's also something of a wine lover's destination.
Come summertime nestled in a hammock amongst the leafy vineyards with a carafe of the year's youngest wine, the vineyards' open a special cafe where locals come to laze away the afternoon or catch up with friends and family over some easy drinking young wines.
Whites take the lion share with 80 percent being white wine production including: Grüner Veltliner, Rheinriesling, Weißburgunder, Chardonnay, Welschriesling. Red wines include: Blauer Zweigelt, Blauer Burgunder, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Venture into town and you'll find convivial and informal watering holes known a heuriger, the equivalent of a British pub, where local wines are enjoyed by the flask. There's also an informal way to eat with a healthy and plentiful buffet with heaps of fresh salads, slaws and meat to enjoy with you favourite glass.
There are plenty of places to top en route. But we dropped in at Andreas' Wagner's place for a
Heuriger - an Austrian institution where nobles and workers have rubbed shoulders for centuries. A place to meet friends, drink , relax, have lunch. All the fare is home made, with excellent fried chicken. Although Michaela is keeping the recipe a firm family secret.
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