Wein & Co (Schottentor)

With several locations across Vienna, Wein & Co is the best-known wine store in the city. Their assortment runs wide and deep and I’ve found plenty of treasures here (I can’t help that my natural wine-purist friends turn up their noses at such a “mainstream” establishment). Each store comes with a dedicated wine bar featuring 30 or so by-the-glass options (€6-9 each), both Austrian and foreign.

My favorite location is the one at Schottentor, recently revamped and with big windows overlooking the Ringstrasse and Heinrich von Ferstel’s 1883 Renaissance Revival masterpiece of the University of Vienna. It’s all about the wines here, but don't leave without an order of toasted ham and cheese sandwich.

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