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Susanne Servin



The Austrian gourmet magazine Falstaff recently organized an interesting competition – typically Viennese:

Which is the best “Würstelstand in Vienna”


And I am quoting from the article by C. Schüler:

It was a heavily battled duell for the title. Fans, friends and acquaintances were motivated to vote for their favorite. In this time of “political stress” this is a delightful distraction. And how emotional the theme “Würstelstand can be, is shown by the participation: 8600 voices were given.

Finally the first place went to the well known Würstelstand “Am Hohen Markt”. Three other as known contenders had to satisfy themselves with the next places: “Zum scharfen Rene”, “Leo” and “Bitzinger”.


We suggest to include these wonderful venues in your next Vienna trip.





 The Vienna bistro

The bistro, or Beisl, is a typical Viennese dining establishment. Down-to-earth, cozy and traditional, it makes its mark on a booming restaurant scene.

The term 'beisl' probably comes from the Yiddish word 'bajiss', meaning 'house'. The classic Viennese bistro has a spacious bar, where wine is chilled and beer is poured, dark-painted wood paneling, simple tables and chairs and a mixed crowd. The kitchen is dominated by tradition: soup with pancake strips or dumplings, schnitzel and offal, goulash and tasty pastries, such as Palatschinken and Kaiserschmarren, set the tone of the menu.

My favorite is “Petz im Gusshaus” where you can find wonderful Viennese dishes and great wines at amazingly reasonable prices. After all Christian Petz is one of most celebrated Austrian chefs –.Fairly new - the Beisl is quite successful featuring simply good food - maybe because more and more people are fed up with the fivehundredthirtyseventh variety of socalled gourmet trends -quoting a Viennese journalist

Come with us to Vienna and we’ll take you there…………



Germany’s thirteen wine regions .

A total of 13 wine-growing regions gives Germany its diverse range of wines. The most scenic is the UNESCO World Heritage Upper Middle Rhine Valley, home of the Loreley rock, while Rheinhessen is the largest. Both these regions are set within Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany's number one wine-producing region with a total of six distinct vineyard areas. It is here that the German Wine Queen is crowned at the annual German Grape Harvest Festival. Every year since 1950 these young German women have been selected to represent the nation's wines around the globe for a twelve-month term.
Mainz: city of Gutenberg and Germany's wine capital. Mainz is famous for its university, its Roman heritage, its status as a media hub and regional capital, and its three most defining features: the Romanesque cathedral, the Gutenberg printing press and the Rhineland carnival. The people of Mainz have good reason to be proud of their city's history spanning almost 2,000 years. This rich cultural heritage incorporates a well-established winegrowing tradition, which only adds to Mainz's appeal.

In the evenings, one thing is plain to see: Mainz is Germany's wine capital. Rheinhessen is the country's largest winegrowing region, and a generation of young vintners are proving that they have what it takes to achieve extraordinary feats year after year. Locals enjoy the fruits of the winegrowers' labours in cosy bars and taverns with pious names like Collection Box and Confessional. The Weinmarkt is one of Mainz's three major festivals. It made its first post-war appearance in 1946, with the French occupying forces contributing a remarkable 100,000 litres of wine as a conciliatory and friendly gesture.




Wine Experiences in Austria
Austria’s wine regions are both beautiful and easy to visit. In fact, once you step off the plane in Vienna, you have already arrived in one of the world’s most unique wine regions: Vienna, a metropolis with its very own vineyards within its city limits.


Just about one hour south east of Vienna lies Burgenland, a paradise for wine lovers, watersports, and bird watchers.

An hour west of Vienna, the Danube valley called Wachau charms with steep vineyards, medieval ruins, and culinary delights.

South of Vienna, in Styria, rolling hills and hiking trails invite to wine tastings.


Nature and culture in Austria’s wine regions are as exciting and varied as Austrias’ small wine scene and exciting grape varietals.

(courtesy Austrian Tourist Office


Wines of Austria- Grüner Veltliner

Louis Pasteur (noted French chemist and scientist) once said- “There is more philosophy in one bottle of wine then in all the books in the world.”

Austria's Grüner Veltliner has suddenly become the hottest white wine on everybody's list. Until recently, wines made from Grüner Veltliner, the most widely planted grape in Austria, enjoyed but faint praise. New vintages were served by the pitcherful in Austria's vinous equivalents to brew pubs called "Heuriger".

Abroad grüners were known as pleasant quaffing wines best drunk young. Today, though, suddenly, grüner veltliner - pronounced approximately GROON-er FELT-lihnur and known in some circles as GrüVe - is the wine of the hour from Sidney to San Francisco. It inhabits vast sections of wine lists at bench mark restaurants, is beloved by chefs, and gets idolized by savvy sommeliers for its seemingly limit-less food friendliness (it goes with everything from oysters to osso buco).

And in London in 2002, Grüner Veltliner starred in sequence of improbable blind tastings where its best exemplars outscored stellar burgundies like Montrachet and Corton-charlemagne. In truth, only older examples of Grüner Veltliner are likely to be confused with Chardonnay;more commonly, the wine suggest a cross between sauvignon blanc, for its fresh grassiness, and viognier,for its character of stone-fruit pits. But the grape also sops up intense minerality from shallow, rock-laced soils and displays some of the petrol aroma otherwise associated with riesling and pinot gris.

It is perfume-driven wine, often redolent of freshly shelled beans, bean sprouts, infused herbs and white pepper.Though at least some Grüner Veltliner is grown in every Austrian wine region, the most important plantings are in the country's northeastern corner, near the Czech and Slovak borders.

The best "Gruuner" vineyards, farmed for very low yields, are in the Danube Valley - specifically in the terraced hills of the Wachau and around the Kremstal (valley) and Kamptal -north of Wachau and northwest of Vienna. The Wachau wines are the beefiest of the bunch, while those from Kamptal and Kremstal tend to be somewhat leaner.

The wine can be as brightly structured as Sancerre, but generally more viscous, owing to a distinctive juxtaposition of high glycerin with substantial acid. Leaner examples of "Grüners" are refreshing, while the more powerful ones finish long and rich without seeming confected. Grüner Veltliners almost never express wood; thus they provide welcome relief from "chard - ennui"!

written by John Winthrop Haeger for Saveur Magazine


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Wines of Austria- Zweigelt

At its best, Zweigelt wine combines the bite and fruity character of the Blaufränkisch grape and the body of St. Laurent

Zweigelt is a red wine grape variety developed in 1922, at the Federal Institute for Viticulture and Pomology at Klosterneuburg, Austria, by Fritz Zweigelt (who was later to become the director of this institute). A crossing of Blaufränkisch and St. Laurent varieties, it is now the most widely-grown red grape variety in Austria, as well as having some presence in Canada's vineyards.
Zweigelt is said to combine some of the best qualities of its parents: winter hardiness (resistance to frost), late bud-break, and early ripening. It does have a tendency to over-crop, leading to low quality if not corrected.
At its best, it combines the bite and fruity character of the Blaufränkisch grape and the body of St. Laurent. When the crop load is high, however, the wine can be too dilute. Because of its fruity characteristics, it has been compared to the wines produced from the Gamay grape, like the red wines of Beaujolais.
If the body of the wine is full, it can be age-worthy and serious, although most Zweigelt is enjoyed young.

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