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Jul 4, 2013 08:39 PM

Best heurigens and other wine experiences in Vienna?

I am looking for the best local and authentic wine experiences that Vienna has to offer (read: focus not on tourists, despite the fact that is who I am). I have read through the Vienna boards and have discovered a wealth of information on the local culinary scene and I know I will eat well (thank you all for the recommendations!), but the wine info seems to be lacking. I am not looking for high end wine lists featured at Michelin star level restaurants. I am, however, looking for those special establishments that celebrate nearby vineyards or perhaps feature wines that are not for export. I will without a doubt be visiting a few heurigens. It seems the information available on the internet is quite general. I am looking for specific recommendations and favorites from the locals in Vienna? Thank you in advance!

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  1. Hello ehawk,

    Wine growing has been a Viennese business for 2000 years. You will get excellent Austrian wine simply everywhere, even in the smallest supermarket. And quality wine by the glass at reasonable price levels is also available everywhere, since restaurants need no special license to sell wine.

    Regarding serious wine sampling I would recommend one of the wine bars, such as the Wein&Co chain, the Meinl am Graben basement wine bar, the Unger&Klein wine bar in Rudolfsplatz and many more.
    Here is a link for wine bars and vinotheks:

    Heurigen is less for wine quality and more for great entertainment. I always recommend the Stammersdorf area, which is the last authentic Heurigen cluster left. The other Heurigen areas in Grinzing, Sievering and Stammersdorf are quite overcrowded and not enjoyable. In Stammersdorf there are still so many small Heurigen, you might just drop in and look what is open that day.
    Todays heurigen in Stammersdorf:

    4 Replies
    1. re: Sturmi

      Thank you Sturmi! This is precisely the type of information I am looking for. I love wine from this part of the world, and these wine bars seem like an excellent way try a wide variety. Cheers!

      1. re: Sturmi

        What is the best mode of return trip to the city from Stammersdorf? is taxi a easy find at late hours?

        1. re: Kurtis

          Taxis are available 24 hours a day.
          Just ask the waiter at the heurigen to call you a taxi !