As the Name Suggests...
Weinviertel literally means “wine quarter”. For a good reason: Here, it’s all about wine. Explore the undulating hills which are home to Austria’s largest wine growing area. Stroll through romantic cellar lanes, marvel at the vineyards and take in the quiet beauty of the setting sun. The scents and aromas of an excellent wine are irresistible. Enjoy fine dining in the vineyard. The best chefs serve culinary delights here, in the most beautiful outdoor dining area. Winegrowers offer excellent wines to pair with the food.
Vineyards as Far as the Eye Can See
Culinary delights, picturesque cellar lanes (“Kellergassen”) and lively wine festivals - the Weinviertel region is a place to relax, explore and enjoy.
With more than 13,000 hectares under vine, the Weinviertel region in the north-east of the country is Austria’s heartland of wine production.
Literally, “Weinviertel” translates to “wine quarter”. And wine is of great significance for the region. It shapes the landscape and is the premier attraction for tourists. Everyone who visits the Weinviertel region will inevitably stumble across the origins of wine. Vineyards and grapevines cover the undulating hills and picturesque cellar lanes are scattered all across the region north-east of Vienna.
Although the region grows all kinds of grape varieties, the Grüner Veltliner certainly remains the most significant one. Only wines produced and bottled in the Weinviertel region are awarded the designation “Weinviertel DAC”. These wines are known to have the most distinctive peppery notes of all Veltliners in Austria. In the Weinviertel region, people take it easy and enjoy life to the fullest. What’s better than combining this attitude with culinary delights?
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Let’s Go into the Countryside!
In spring, around Easter, not only nature bursts back into life in the Weinviertel region. Visitors are invited to go into the countryside! “In die Grean gehen”, as the locals say. This tradition that’s typical for the Weinviertel region commemorates the walk of the disciples to Emmaus, a scene in the Bible. Visitors and guests can join a local winegrower on a stroll through the vineyards, taste the new vintage and enjoy a delicious snack in a wine tavern (“Heuriger”). There’s no better way to celebrate spring in the Weinviertel region!
Fine Dining in the Weinviertel Region
Fine dining in the Weinviertel region (“Tafeln im Weinviertel”) is a highlight in summer. From mid-June until the end of August, you can give yourself a treat for all senses. Imagine a warm summer’s evening. Take a seat at the elegant dinner table under the open sky set in some of the region’s most spectacular spots. Indulge in a five-course menu with locally sourced ingredients and wines from local winegrowers all while listening to traditional live music. Fine dining at its best!
Summer in the Weinviertel Region
A diverse range of cycle paths and routes and the “Way of St James in the Weinviertel region”, a 153km pilgrimage route, invite you to explore the region all year round. The region’s best chefs and producers serve culinary delights to indulge in at any time of the year. In autumn, however, it’s all about wine.
When winegrowers begin to harvest the grapes, certainly the busiest time of the year, wine aficionados flock to the Weinviertel region. Whether it’s in a cellar lane, a vineyard or a village centre: There’s a whole range of exciting festivals being held along the Wine Road in the Weinviertel region. Enjoy a glass of wine and get to know more about this fine drink!
Silent Night in the Weinviertel Region
After the blessing of wine in late autumn, the season comes to an end shortly before Christmas. The “Weinviertler Advent” has its very special appeal. Decorated cellar lanes and lovely Christmas markets showcasing traditional handicrafts and home-made treats invite you to calm down and enjoy the most peaceful time of the year far away from the crowds.
The Weinviertel Region Tastes Like This
The Weinviertel region is not only covered by flourishing vineyards that produce excellent white wines, but it’s also blessed by plenty of fertile soils. Crops such as asparagus and pumpkin, onions, potatoes and fruit are only some of the culinary highlights. The region used to be a major producer of fresh food for the city of Vienna. From October, you’ll find delicious game dishes such as rabbit, pheasant and partridge on the menus. In January, the local chefs serve blood sausage, one of Europe’s oldest types of sausage.
Cellar Lanes in the Weinviertel Region
The unique “Kellergassen” are the most distinctive feature of the Weinviertel region. Literally translating to “cellar lanes”, these picturesque lanes consist of numerous wine cellars and pressing houses next to one another. The cellar lanes have been a regional characteristic for about 200 years. They are of great historic and cultural significance. The wine cellar houses were once used for wine production and storage. Today, wines are usually produced at wineries, but in many villages, the historic cellar lanes are often stirred from their slumber for special occasions. Back then, the winegrowers used to meet here every day for an hour.
These regular meetings gave rise to a culture of getting together, sharing food and drinks, singing and celebrating. Cellar lanes are more than places where wines are stored, but also where people meet to keep this tradition alive. Moreover, they are the venue for numerous wine and food festivals. Have a good time together and enjoy local delicacies and wines!
Highly recommendable for those interested in cellar lanes and those who would like to see the dark cellar tunnels inside the cellar houses: a guided tour. Trained and certified guides will show and explain all the fascinating features of the cellar lanes in the Weinviertel region.
Let’s Have a Drink!
“Let’s have a drink!” That’s a quote from inspector Simon Polt, the main character in Alfred Komarek’s famous Austrian detective novels. And it’s also a phrase that you’ll hear during your stay in the Weinviertel region. Yes, the locals love getting together, having a drink and enjoying life to the fullest.
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