HAGENBRUNN IS AN ENTIRE VILLAGE OF HEURIGE AND VINTNERS ON THE DOORSTEP OF VIENNA
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When it comes to wine, you have likely heard of the Vienna Woods located to the north of the city in the 19th District. But have you heard of Hagenbrunn, a small village of heurige, vintners, and vineyards? Hagenbrunn, recognized as the sister vineyard region of the Vienna Woods, is located on the eastern side of the Danube. On the doortsep of Vienna, the small village of Hagenbrunn has 14 heurige (homegrown wine sellers who offer their family produced wine along with local dishes) and half a dozen full-fledged vineyards.
In fact, Hagenbrunn is unique in that all of the heurige are concentrated in one small village which makes it a convenient place to explore. You can literally go door to door and taste the various offerings from the region. Plus, there are no crowds and no tourists. The small town is completely surrounded by vineyards and makes a nice day trip.
If you are looking for a nice alternative to the touristy 19th District, then visit the Hagenbrunn. Hagenbrunn is literally a town of heurige and vineyards. Read on!
OUR EXPERIENCE VISITING THE HAGENBRUNN HEURIGE
We really enjoyed roaming the streets of Hagenbrunn, stopping at the heurige, vintners, and vineyards, to investigate their offerings. Each heurige had a different feel, different menu and different wines. This region specializes in Gruner Veltliner, a white wine dating back to Roman times. It goes really well with fish, white meat and salads and has a smooth but peppery fruity taste to it.
Please keep in mind, unlike Napa Valley, the Vienna wine industry is extremely low key. The town center of Hagenbrunn is surrounded by heurige and vintners. My dream is to walk the streets in the summer with a folding stool and park myself on the sidewalk outside each of the Hagenbrunn heurige to enjoy their offerings.
The two more modern Hagenbrunn heurige were Weingut Gilg and Heuriger Jochlinger. In terms of something resembling a Napa experience, Weingut Gilg had a tasting room that was quite modern with a large selection of their wines. No matter how you look at it, this type of experience in America would cost a small fortune!
PRO TIPS FOR VISITING THE HAGENBRUNN HEURIGE
We have loads of PRO TIPS for making the most of your experience visiting the Hagenbrunn heurige and vineyards:
PRO TIP 1. A glass of wine at one of the Hagenbrunn heurige is approximately EUR 1.50 so remember to bring water to offset your consumption!
PRO TIP 2. In general, a heurige serves cold food (meats, cheese and salads). A buschenschank serves hot food.
PRO TIP 3. In the Autumn, the first pressing of grapes is called Sturm — a sweet grape juice containing alcohol. A cold glass of red/white Sturm can be refreshing but packs a punch.
PRO TIP 4. Lastly, click here for a List of Heurigen and Vineyards. This graphic contains the names and details for the heurige, vintners, vineyards throughout Hagenbrunn. This information is Gold Dust.
PRO TIP 5. To identify a Heurige, look for the bundle of pine branches hanging over the entrance and the words Ausg’steckt written on a board, which shows the hours when the tavern is open.
PRO TIP 6. Because of the slight change in elevation from the Vienna city center, Hagenbrunn often has snow throughout the winter.
PRO TIP 7. There is a medieval church in the center of the town that can only be reached by foot as you must traverse through an alley.
PRO TIP 8. Consider bringing a bicycle as there are several scenic roads through the vineyards worth exploring.
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