Wien und Wein
Vienna and wine are two terms that have been linked with each other for centuries – one could even say that they are almost the same, at least in German, where Wien (Vienna) and Wein (wine) sound very similar. Vienna’s soil, location and climate are made for viniculture. It is the only cultural city in the world where wine is grown. Wild vines have grown here ever since pre-historic and early times, and they were later followed by cultured vines.
The origins can be traced to the Celts and Illyrians (from the year 500 before Christ). So it is not the Romans that Vienna has to thank for in terms of its viniculture. They only came later and transplanted their vines on the already existing wild and cultured vines. Emperor Probus suspended the ban on cultivation, which led to an increase in vine cultivation. Today, Vienna boasts around 770 hectares of vineyards.
Vienna's vineyard locations
good soil for high-quality wines
The city of Vinna is surrounded by vineyards in the west, north and south. The majority of vineyards can be found on the slopes of the Kahlenberg and Nussberg. This is also where the towns most renowned for their wine are located: Nussdorf, Kahlenbergerdorf, Heiligenstadt, Grinzing, Sievering and Neustift am Walde. Further “wine towns”, like Stammersdorf, Strebersdorf and Jedlersdorf, can be found at the foot of the Bisamberg, on the left bank of the Danube, while in Vienna’s south you will find Mauer, Rodaun, Atzgersdorf and Oberlaa.
The warm and dry Pannonian climate and, at times, the Danube as a climate regulator, offer favourable conditions for growing wine. The soil differs from region to region. While Nussberg and Kahlenberg offer limestone weathering interspersed with shelly sandstone, other areas have loess- and brown earth soil (Bisamberg) or soil rich in schistose and clay marl.
Approximately 95% of the wine is sold at Buschenschank taverns, the “Heuriger” (new wine) making up the majority. The “Heuriger” is mostly a “Gemischter Satz” (blend), where different grapes are harvested and pressed together. It is a fresh, fruity and crisp wine that is easy to drink. According to tradition, the new wine of each season may be called “Heuriger” from “Martini” (11th November) to “Martini” of the following year. Once it is replaced by the new wine of the following season, it becomes “old wine”.
The term “Heuriger” itself can be used in two ways: It is a label for the new wine, as described above, but also for the taverns that sell said wine. The “Buschenschank” or “Heuriger” is a kind of tavern that has been established in Austria centuries ago. Since the 13th century those taverns have the right to sell their own wine as well as food on their premises. The “Heuriger” wine is the basis of existence for the majority of the Viennes vintners. Most of the wine grown in and around Vienna is sold per glass on the vintner’s premises, and very rarely you will find a real “Heurigen” wine outside a “Heurigen” or “Buschenschank” tavern. The unique atmosphere of the “Heurigen” taverns only enhances the enjoyment of a “Heurigen” wine. If locals visit a “Heurigen”, they expect a specific atmosphere and ambiance, which outside of Vienna is known as Viennese congeniality.
The Viennese "Heuriger"
The Viennese “Heurigen” offers the right ambiance to sit back, relax and get to know each other a little better. The wine is mostly sold in 0.25 L jugs, which, as such, are not really attractive and cannot really live up to today’s standards. However, traditionally, this special kind of glass has its justification: In old times, if you visited a “Heurigen”, you usually brought your own cold meat, meat, bacon, cheese and bread, and only bought the wine from the tavern. Most dishes were eaten using the hands, which would have left a normal wine glass greasy in no time. This was the reason for the design of a special wine glass that has become an integral part of any “Heurigen” tavern.
The Huber family
Ein Garant für Heurigenkultur
The Huber family has been active in viniculture, “Heurigen” and other hospitality fields (restaurants and hotels) for generations. We combine quality and tradition, be it at our Fuhrgassl-Huber winery or the 10er Marie or Sissi Huber “Heurigen”, the s'Pfiff or Terra Rossa restaurants or the Landhaus Fuhrgassl-Huber.
The Fuhrgassl-Huber winery, the Landhaus Fuhrgassl-Huber and the s'Pfiff are all located in Neustift am Walde in Vienna’s 19th district.
The 10er Marie and Sissi Huber “Heurigen” are both located in Viennas 16th district, Ottakring.