Buschenschank & Heuriger - Traditional Wine Taverns in Austria
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Buschenschank & Heuriger

Traditional Wine Taverns in Austria

“Buschenschank” and “Heuriger” - both terms are used for traditional wine taverns found in rural areas throughout Austria.

Today, they would probably be called regional pop-up restaurants. However, these taverns are part of a long-standing tradition in Austria. In 1784, Austrian Emperor Joseph II issued a decree that permitted all residents to serve self-produced wine and cold food in establishments called “Buschenschank”. “Heuriger”, actually an abbreviation of “heuriger Wein” (this year’s wine), is the name of this year’s vintage as well as the tavern itself. Over the years, it has become common to call the wine taverns “Buschenschank” in Styria and “Heuriger” in Vienna, Lower Austria and Burgenland.

Depending on the region, different food is served. A buffet-style snack is typical for the taverns in Vienna and surroundings, whereas in other areas, you can choose wine and home-made dishes from the menu. All-time classics: “Brettljause”, a savoury snack platter featuring different types of meat, cheese and spreads, as well as slices of bread with hearty toppings.

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