Vienna (Wien) is both the capital of and a very important winemaking region within Austria. Although best known for the white grapes Gruener Veltliner, Riesling, Weiβburgunder (Pinot Blanc), Chardonnay, several quality reds can also be found in city limits of Vienna.
Vienna’s winemaking tradition is as old as the city itself first documented in 1132 and in the late Middle ages. Historically, vines were grown throughout the city, knowing now boundaries. Today, winegrowing areas are generally on the outskirts bordering the city of Krems, situated along the Danube and the Thermenregion. Still, Vienna remains the only metropolis with significant wine cultivation within city limits. There are over 630 wine producers and 180 Heurigen* located in Vienna to date.
In the northern portion of the city, along the Danube grapes belonging to the Pinot family are prominent, but travel to the west and Chardonnay, Riesling and Weiβburgunder dominate due to the rich limestone soils. Southern Vienna is known for black, earthy soils which produce strong flavored whites and opulent red cuvees.
The top growing area within Vienna is Nussberg. Located on a steep slope, Nussberg is known for extraordinary Riesling Read more »