Wine in Vienna: the 8 wine-producing regions in the city where to do some Heurige-hopping – vienna würstelstand

Wine in Vienna: the 8 wine-producing regions in the city where to do some Heurige-hopping

September 12, 2018

Guide to
Wine in Vienna: the 8
wine-producing regions
in the city where to do
some Heurige-hopping

September 12, 2018

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Vienna impressively harbours about 700 hectares of vineyards within its city limits! Most of those vines are sprinkled in its northern districts, while there’s plenty of producers around the city to discover. Amongst the vines, the glorious Viennese wine culture can be enjoyed in Heuriger (translation: wine taverns).

If you are new to the practise of heuriger–hopping, or aren’t sure where these wine producing regions are, we’ve got you covered, you thirsty wine lovers of Vienna.
Here’s our guide to where to enjoy wine in Vienna. Oh, and we’ve created a helpful little map for you to get your bearings (tip: get bearings before drinking wine)

 

Ottakring (16th district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

No, we’re not talking about the beer – the Ottakring district not only hosts the famous brewery, it also produces some tasty wines! Once known for its “sea of vines,” the region today only hosts 6 hectares of land dedicated to wine-making – which in no way means it should be brushed off! You can taste their production in one of the Heuriger lining Ottakringer Strasse.

Bonus: this is the easiest region to get to via public transport, since most taverns are walking distance from the Ottakring U-Bahn station – so hop on that orange U3, finally meet its final station and wander your way to those wine hills.

Where we recommend you start:

Heuriger 10er Marie
Where: 
Ottakringer Str. 222-224
How to get there: It’s literally 3 min away from the Ottakring station (U3), tram line 44, bus line 46A.
Opening hours: MON–SAT, 3pm–midnight
Good to know…They’ve been around since 1740!
Keep in mind… It’s closed on Sundays

Dornbach (17th district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

Much like the 16th district, Dornbach also shelters only a few vineyards that are the scarce remnants from a once greater cultivating area. The Alsegg hill makes up for most of the producing area – just think of it as a wine island in the middle of the 17th district. It also has a cool story behind it: the land was donated to the St Peter’s monastery (who still own it) back in 1042. That’s right, this hill’s been producing wine for almost a thousand years!

Head their way if you’re up for some fruity & aromatic Riesling – the main variety grown there.

Where we recommend you start:

Buschenschank Stift St Peter
Where:Rupertusplatz 5
How to get there:Tram line 43 (which you can take from U6 Alser Strasse), tram line 2
Opening hours:Daily, 5pm-11pm, October 4–14.

Good to know…in addition to wine, they sell their own production of vegetables, olive oil and honey
Keep in mind… it doesn’t accept credit cards, and you should check their opening dates, here.

Neustift & Sievering (19th district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

Word out there has it that the vineyards covering the hills of Neustift am Walde are the most picturesque in Vienna. Aside from the view you get from up here, this region also produces some quality, delicate, elegant and fruity wines.

The Neustift and Sievering regions boast hills covered in vineyards, which also host many hiking trails weaving in and out of them.

Most of the Heuriger here can be found in the little town, Neustift am Walde on Rathstrasse, but there are several others just some blocks down on Sievering Strasse, so a good plan of attack is to wander between the two Kellergasse streets. Most taverns here produce and serve up their own take on a wide selection of whites – DAC Gemischter Satz, Gruner Vietliner, Sauvignon Blanc Neustif, while they also throw a few reds in, like the Zweigelt.

Grinzing (19th district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

If you’ve been in Vienna for even the tiniest bit of time, chances are you’ve heard of Grinzing and its famous wine taverns. Grinzing is like the Las Vegas for Heurige, pulling bus-loads of tourists that are seeking a genuine taste of these Vienna temples of wine. If you get restless around tourists, this is probably not the best place to chill out while sipping your wine. However, Grinzing did become famous for a reason, and there are still genuine and charming Heurige to discover in the district. The wines from Grinzing are typically fruity and fragrant, courtesy of the cooler climate and stony soil they’ve got up there.

Heiligenstadt & Nussdorf (19th district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

Small, charming streets and idyllic views bring about the atmosphere of this area. Both of these wine villages are at the foot of Nussberg, the mountain where no less than 150 hectares of vineyards spread themselves out. Its stony soils make it ideal for growing the Riesling & Pinot Blanc varieties.

Oh, and in Heiligenstadt you can actually visit the Heuriger in which Beethoven lived when he was working on Symphony no. 9. So… there’s that.

Where we recommend you start:

Heuriger Mayer am Pfarrplatz
Where: Pfarrplatz 2
How to get there: tram lines D, 37; U4 + bus line 38A will get you there.
Opening hours:Daily, 4pm–12am (Sundays and holidays from 12pm)
Good to know… this place inspired Beethoven’s greatest work! Ok, maybe we’re exaggerating, but apparently he drank here when he lived nearby.
Keep in mind…They’ve got live music every Friday! Check their programme.

Stammersdorf (21st district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

If you’re looking for a more rustic, local vibe where to enjoy good wines  – Stammersdorf is the spot. Even though about one third (!!!) of all Viennese wine is pressed in Stammersdorf, the taverns along its Kellergasse remain intimate, familiar and relatively unknown to tourists.

Just like in Jedlersdorf, the soil here creates ideal conditions for both white and red varieties to flourish. By the way, you’ve probably tasted the wine variety exclusive to Vienna, the Gemischter Satz, by now (if not, drop everything, get to the nearest bar and order one right now!) and so you probably know how it’s put together: three different grape varieties are mixed together, right? Get this: there’s a wine maker in Stammersdorf who is producing the red version of this Viennese specialty and they’ve called it the “Wiener Trilogie.” The wine is composed of Zweigelt, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Quite a fun fact, right? Gets even more fun the more you drink it.

Where we recommend you start:

Wieninger
Where: 
Stammersdorfer Straße 31
How to get there:Tram lines 30 and 31 – you can get them from Floridsdorf station (U6).
Opening hours:FRI 5pm–12am; SAT 2pm–12am; SUN 12pm–12am; until November 18th.
Good to know…they practise biodynamic production & are responsible for inventing the “red version” of the Gemischter Satz

Jedlersdorf (21st district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

Okay, moving on to the Transdanubian side of the Danube – Jedlersdorf. Wine here is grown on the hill of Bisamberg, and its warm sandy soil is not only optimal for extra fresh white varieties, but also for fruity reds.

They’ve got sort of a kellergasse, with Heurige spread out along Amtsstrasse & Jedlersdorfer Platz. So you can simply jump on the tram lines 30 or 31 (from Floridsdorf U6 station), and get off at Jedlersdorfer Platz to explore this lesser-known wine region by foot!

Mauer (23rd district) – Vienna’s wine-growing & Heurige regions

This one is for the red wine lovers out there. This southern district is best known for its red wine output. Mauer grows Zweigelt, Pinot Noir, St Laurent and many other red varieties. The proximity to the forest creates an extra layer of protection from extreme weather, and its sandy soil (as opposed to the chalky ones found in the Northwestern wine-producing parts of the city) all contributes to creating a the optimal environment for rich, dense reds. There are plenty of Heuringe and Buschenschank all around the street, Maurer Lange Gasse, where you can sample the wines of the region for yourself.

Where we recommend you start:

Edlmoser Weingut & Heuriger
Where: 
Maurer Lange Gasse 123
How to get there: Bus line 60A; tram line 60
Opening hours: Daily from 2:30pm, until September 23rd. Check their opening dates here.
Highlight:They’ve been around since 1629! And yummy red wines.

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