Austria is the land of grand palaces, regal monuments, and the melodious music of Mozart. Its capital, Vienna, is the only capital city in the world that has thriving heritage vineyards. As a growing smart city and voted the most liveable city in the world for the eighth time, Vienna is a charming blend of the old and the new.

With its long history of winemaking dating back to the eighth century, BC, Austrian wines range from feisty, light-bodied wines to epic, luxurious white wines, in addition to enchanting, fruity to full-bodied red wines. You will also find a variety of elegant sweet wines that rank among the world’s best. The most exported Austrian wines are whites made from Grüner Veltliner and Riesling varietals, along with reds from Zweigelt and Blaufrankisch, among others.

Close to 637 hectares of planted vines in Vienna drive the country’s economy, resulting in a vibrant wine industry. Until the Middle Ages, vineyards were present inside the city walls. Presently, most of the wineries are in the outskirts, with the leading vineyards sites covering Bisamberg, Nussberg, Kahlenberg, and Georgenberg. Getting around Vienna’s wine trails is easy.

Most Viennese winegrowers started with only one vineyard and ended up planting up to fifteen grape varieties in a single vineyard. The goal was to make sure that the yield from each harvest was uniform and balanced in terms of quality and quantity. Each grape varietal brought a different taste attribute to the finished wine.  The Gemischter Satz is a result of this practice, showcasing the tradition and culture of Vienna.

Today, we have planned a wine trail across Floridsdorf, Dobling, and Liesing, three of Vienna’s most scenic locations in the country’s oldest wine region. A majority of the vineyard sites are located quite close to one another, and you’ll enjoy some excellent local wines including Reisling, Weissburgunder, Grüner Veltliner, Pino blanc, and Sauvignon blanc. Of course you will fill your VinGardeValise® with some of the world’s finest wines and spirits.

When you visit Viennese wineries, you will experience the important tradition of the “Heuriger” or wine tavern, where vintners serve their own wines and home-cooked food in a charming rural setting.

A quick lesson before we go; Wien is Vienna; Wiengut is Winery; Heuriger is “this year’s wine” and Buschenschank or heurigen is a wine tavern selling proprietary wine. When you clink glasses, make eye contact and say “Prost” to each person. You can also say “Zum Wohl” or “Prosit”—all of which mean “to your health”

Let’s go!


Weingut Walter Wien

Hike through Bisamberg’s vineyards along its narrow, cobbled streets and you’ll find old cellar entrances. Further along, behind Hollerbuschen and Hazelstauden, are the actual vineyards. One of these trails is Untere Jungenberggasse, on which is the picturesque Weingut Walter Wien.

Established in 2004 by Viennese winemaker Norbert Walter with Tyrolean roots, Weingut Walter Wien, cultivates vineyards in Bisamberg and Nussberg. In 2005, the winery presented its Viennese Riesling “Erstling”. In 2008, they acquired four and a half hectares of vineyards across Vienna. Their variety has expanded ever since and now includes Grüner Veltliner, mixed set, Chardonnay, Zweigelt, and Zweigelt Reserve, besides the Riesling. Focused on quality, the winery was certified organic in 2015.

According to Norbert Walter,

“The quality of my wines is particularly important to me. Naturally close wine production, careful care of the wine sticks and utmost care during the harvest are the prerequisite for excellent drops.”

Enjoy some of Vienna’s best wines at this winery’s “Buschenschank” in Bisamberg with Tyrolean specialties.

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  •  Tyrolean specialties at the wine tavern
  • Wine tasting
  • Cinema in the vineyard
  • Onsite wine store

Posted by Weingut Walter Wien on Friday, May 12, 2017

Weingut Walter Wien
Untere Jungenberggasse 7, 1210
Vienna, Austria
+43 664 1903469
Languages: English, German, and Italian

Weingut Wieninger

Weingut Wieninger is a family operated winery located in Stammersdorf, part of the twenty-first district of Vienna. Founded in the eighteenth century by Fritz’s great, great grandfather, the winery is spread across 52 hectares in Bisamberg and Nussberg. The cellars of the old monastery were restored with modern elements, and the oldest bottles date to the 1950s.

Fritz Wieninger, who now manages the winery, is a professional winegrower and the quality pioneer in Vienna. He is instrumental in bringing Wiener Gemischter Satz, Vienna’s most famous wine, into the limelight. It is a blend of various white grapes, and fondly referred to as “all of Vienna in one wine.”

Weingut Wieninger produces its signature Wiener Gemischter Satz, along with white wines, red wines, sparkling, sweet wines, and grape juice. 40% of its wines are exported to various countries.

The wines from its Bisamberg vineyard are fruity, fresh and fragrant, slightly high on acidity, and perfect for red wines, white wine and Chardonnay. Wines from the Nussberg vineyards are creamy textured with darker fruit tones and moderate acidity, characterized by Gemischter Satz, Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Traminer.

According to Fritz Weininger,

“My dream of having a winery with wines of style and international character has come true. Today, Wieninger stands for top wines that are from Vienna – and are internationally known. And as a forerunner of high quality wines from Vienna, it means a lot to me to create wines that the Viennese can be proud of.”

The Weininger Winery is especially worth a visit for its unusual décor, and of course, its bouquet of unique wines. Enjoy!

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  • Vineyard and winery tour
  • Purchase wine at the winery
  • Monastery Wine Cellar
  • Wine tasting

Heute geht’s auf’n Nußberg! Viel Spaß!

Posted by Fritz Wieninger on Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weingut Wieninger
Stammersdorfer Strasse 31, A 1210
Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 1 290 10 12
Languages: German, English, Polish, Croatian, and Hungarian

Weingut Gerhard Klager

Founded by Franz Klager, Weingut Gerhard Klager is located in Stammersdorf, at the foot of Bisamberg, Vienna’s largest wine growing region. The winery features in the list of 14 Top Heurigen in Vienna and cultivates five hectares of vineyards. Besides its classic range of wines, the winery also produces non-alcoholic, vitamin rich “Viennese grape juice.”

The daughter of the house experiments with vinification and has her own wine line. The grapes are handpicked to ensure the best vintage. In their tavern only wine from their winery is marketed and this includes 70% of their production. The remaining 30% is divided between private sales, gastronomy, and export.

According to their website,

“Working “in and with” nature is always our priority. Proven knowledge coupled with youthful innovation. In the cellar “hand in hand” is worked. The focus is on short transport routes of the grapes and a natural processing method. Already at the beginning of the year the foundation stone for quality is laid with pruning. In the spring and summer, we are constantly concentrating on the leaf work to support the vine in the nutrient storage in the grapes. The vintage is done manually, in order to be able to select the best grapes in the vineyard.”

Enjoy fine dining with an exciting variety of white wines, red wines, Viennese grape juice, and brandy in a welcoming ambience and exotic décor.

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  • Paid wine tasting with professional commentary and food
  • Pre-registration required for groups
  • Restaurant, takes reservations
  • Event venue for weddings, birthdays and christenings
  • Hosts customized buffets
  • Walk-Ins welcome
  • Takeout available
  • Outdoor seating

Sunday morning harvest

Posted by Weingut Klager on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Weingut Gerhard Klager
Stammersdorferstrasse 14, 1210
Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (1) 292 41 07
Languages: English, German


Weingut Wien Cobenzl

Weingut Wien Cobenzl was founded in 1907 and is located high above the Danube River, in the Vienna Woods from where you have a bird’s-eye view of the city. Not surprisingly, this winery is a sought-after wedding venue, besides being one of the top wineries in the country.

Wine has been pressed here since the thirteenth century. In 1774, Johann Philipp Count Cobenzl bought the property and transformed it into a fairytale location with a castle, parks, temples, and pavilions, making it a venue for celebrations. In 1907, the city of Vienna acquired the property and in due course, converted it into a winery. Today, the winery operates with state-of-the-art technology.

The winery cultivates around 60 hectares of vineyards across Grinzing, Nussberg, and Bisamberg. The wines are traditional Viennese varietals ranging from fruity white wines to stronger white wines and full-bodied red wines. Besides the Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Zweigelt, and Gruner Veltliner, the winery produces two lines of Vienna’s very special “Wiener Gemischte Satz” the classical Wiener Gemischte Satz DAC and the Wiener Gemischte Satz DAC Reisenberg.

According to the website,

“We refrain from long pumping and let the wine ripen at rest. The white wines are stored in stainless steel tanks, the classic red wines in the large wooden barrel. These oakwood barrels with a volume between 800 and 4,000 liters give the wines a full note.”

Enjoy Winery Cobenzl’s award-winning range of wines. Also available, is their organic honey.

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  • Sustainable cultivation
  • Online wine shop
  • Wedding destination
  • Guided tours to the cellar and press houses
  • Organic beekeeping

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Posted by Weingut Wien Cobenzl on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Winery Cobenzl
Am Cobenzl 96 | A-1190
Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 1 320 58 05
Languages: English, German


Winery Zahel

Winery Zahel has been operating for four generations and is the only winery with vineyards in all districts of Vienna. As one of Vienna’s oldest Heurigen, Zahel is housed in a 250-year-old farmhouse from which one can enjoy panoramic views of the Viennese skyline and landscape. The winery’s whites are celebrated as some of Vienna’s best, served at the winery’s tavern with local cuisine.

When Richard Zahel joined the winery in 1989 after a brief stint as a racecar driver, it had only half a hectare of vineyards. In the same year, Richard wrote “Wiener Gemischter Satz” on the winery’s wine labels, and thus began their bond with the local Viennese blend. Today, the winery cultivates 25 acres of vineyards, in each of the city’s five wine-growing zones. The winery exported its first bottle to Germany in 1994 and grew rapidly. Its range of wines includes the Gemischter Satz, white wines, and red wines.

According to the website,

“Despite the growth of the vineyard in the last 30 years, it is still very much a small family business, closely connected with tradition. Since 2005, Alexander Zahel has joined Richard at the winery and is now responsible for the vineyards, cellar, marketing and export.”

Bring back home some of Vienna’s best white wines in your VGV!

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  • Heurigen Buffet offerings for group
  • A la carte kitchen
  • Gourmet shop
  • Heated winter garden house
  • Wine tasting
  • Online wine shop

Posted by Winery Zahel on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Winery Zahel
Maurer Hauptplatz 9, 1230
Vienna, Austria
Phone: +43 (0) 1 889 1318
Languages: German, English

There are so many ways to experience and enjoy the Austrian wine culture. The Heuriger taverns, the local traditional fairs in the villages, and regional gastronomy are just a few. One thing is certain: the Austrians know how to live. Their warm hospitality combined with their easy-going attitude make your wine-tasting experience memorable.

Plan a trip to Vienna soon, for a walk through heritage vineyards and breath-taking views of the countryside. Relax at the winery’s taverns for a leisurely sampling of their in-house, award-winning wines. Perhaps there will be live music. Don’t forget to pack your VinGardeValise with the traditional Viennese Wiener Gemischte Satz, a symbol of Vienna.