On the Danube River in Lower Austria, the spectacular Wachau Valley winemaking region is easily accessible from Vienna. But for those short on time, Vienna is the only capital city in the world with extensive vineyards within its boundaries—making it easy to join a wine tour without leaving the city.
Vienna is home to more than 1,700 acres (688 hectares) of vineyards, the majority of which produce white wine varietals. With a distinctly fruity flavor, some of the most popular include riesling, sauvignon blanc, pinot blanc, gruner veltliner, and gelber muskateller. If you prefer a good red wine, Viennese wines such as Zweigelt and St. Laurent are increasingly popular, as are international favorites like merlot, syrah, and pinot noir. Almost all of Vienna’s wineries also cultivate grapes for the traditional Wiener Gemischter Satz, a Viennese wine that consists of multiple varieties that are planted and harvested together.
- Take an hour’s trip to a traditional heuriger (a rustic Viennese wine bar) to learn about local vintages and to taste a few in the restaurant’s vinothek (tasting shop).
- Enjoy a wine tasting at a traditional winery in the Wachau Valley and then lunch at a wine tavern.
- Learn about the Austrian tradition of sparkling wine and explore the 300-year-old cellars at Schlumberger Cellars.
- Take a guided bike tour through the Austrian countryside and stop off at several family-owned wineries not usually open to the public.