3 of the Best Heurigers in Vienna

Vienna is a city of wine: the only metropolis in the world with massive vineyards. The place to consume these wines are the Heurigers – unpretentious wine taverns run by the wineries and also serving food. Below, you'll find a few of my favorites, some down in the city, others high up on the hillside. The local specialty is the Gemischter Satz, a white blend made from different grapes that were grown and harvested together.

#1 Edlmoser Weingut & Heuriger

If the well-known Heurigers of Vienna’s District 19 in Grinzing and Nussdorf feel overly touristy, I suggest you head to Mauer on the other side of town. Here hides the charming Heuriger of Michael Edlmoser, a leading Viennese winemaker, serving excellent traditional Austrian foods and homemade wines for a lively crowd of neighborhood locals.

#2 Heuriger Muth

Heuriger Muth is the name if you'd like to experience a typical Heuriger in the center of Heurigerville, that is, the Grinzing neighborhood of Vienna's District 19. Enter through the barrel-vaulted courtyard, select some cold cuts and spreads – spicy Liptauer! – from the display case, then sit down under the soaring chestnut tree with a glass or two of easy-drinking Gemischter Satz, the local Viennese wine. Proprietor Michael Landrichter, also busy serving guests, gathered an especially kind group of servers. More good news: excellent warm dishes and few tourists.

#3 Wieninger am Nussberg

Wieninger am Nussberg is one of the growing number of Heurigers in Vienna that are located high up on the hillside. The panoramic views and a carefree environment right amid the vineyards draw young and chic – and sometimes rowdy – locals, who otherwise turn up their noses at the old-school Heurigers down in the city.

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