You might be forgiven for strolling straight past Ignacio: the boxes in the window and the supermarket-style open fridge that is visible through the door do not exactly scream cosy wine bar. However, get past that and you enter a little Spanish wonderland of wine and tapas with a guy called Ignacio behind it (go figure)
Like any decent wine bar, Ignacio’s not only offers wines, but also the top service packing the wine knowledge that should always come with it. What makes it stand out in Vienna is that they are all of Spanish origin, celebrating the wonderful variety of Spanish food and drink, especially wine.
The storehouse-style shelves are full to the brim with produce out of the mother land of Spain, from wines to dried meats to canned fish, everything you want to whisk you back to that Spanish holiday is there to evoke memories. Fortunately, though they also have a kitchen, which has recently been taken over by Carlos, who is a chef who knows what he’s doing when it comes to Spanish kitchen.
As for the wine, they may only have four open wines per red and white, but the selection has been carefully selected to compliment the seasonally changing menu. Meanwhile, the selection of Spanish wines by the bottle on offer is impressive. And you can tell Ignacio’s favourite wine is Abel Mendosa Rioja, which is such a niche winery it is a wonder he was able to get it out of Spain.
Between them Ignacio and Carlos make quiet a team. A passion for quality ingredients is held here by this Spanish dream team, Ignacio and Carlos. Whether it be the Salmorejo, which is creamy, rich and smooth puree laced with citrus or the Spanish blutwurst on toast – you can taste the quality and high standard of preparation in everything.
Ignacio’s is more than just a wine bar, it is a storehouse for all things fine and out of Spain. It’s also a wine shop, an intimate and friendly place for a drink, as well as a place you could easily settle down for a full blown meal with a bottle of wine.