Although underrated, Austrian wine is among the finest in Europe, with a vineyard culture no other capital city can rival and a legacy dating back many hundreds of years. Heuriger (translating to mean ‘this year’s wine’) are cosy wine taverns run by local grape growers, offering guests the chance to sample some locally produced wines alongside traditional Austrian cuisine. Here is our pick of the best wineries and vineyards to visit in Austria.
Styria, a Southern region of Austria known unofficially as “the green heart”, is famous for its vineyards. The warmer climate makes for excellent conditions for producing wine and attracts many tourists for this reason alone. This well-established winery has produced award winning varieties, blending old and new practises to produce the very best red, white and rose wines. The winery contains an on-site restaurant serving regional cuisine, with experts on hand on offer advice on the best wine pairing.
Weingut Nikolaihof Wachau
© Österreich Werbung, Photographer: Nina Baumgartner
Wachau is not just one of Austria’s most beautiful areas, but also home to some of the finest vineyards – the home of Austria’s most famous white, the Gruner Veltiner. A UNESCO world heritage site and next to the River Danube, the conditions in this region are perfect for producing wine – with an ideal climate and soil quality. This winery claims to be the oldest in Austria and therefore is well worth a visit. To this day, the grapes are harvested by hand and stored in ancient oak casks.