Bacchus would be proud of Vienna, where chilled white wine is a trademark of summer evenings in street-side cafés and leafy taverns. And if you want a taste of the rich palette of wines offered by Austria, then the Vienna Wine Fest seems like a good idea.
- One-day festival at the Museumsquartier featuring dozens of wineries
- Ticket includes wine tastings
- Food stands, too (cheese!)
- Next event: May 8, 2020
- See also: Cobenzl winery open day | Viennese wine
A festival of wine
Travel a little outside of Vienna and you soon find yourself among hills heaving with grapes. The province of Lower Austria even has a region known as the wine quarter (Weinviertel).
In fact, you don’t even need to leave Vienna to see vineyards. The city’s own wine-making heritage dates back to Roman times, and there’s a state-owned winery producing award-winning vintages from local grape varieties.
Helpfully, you can try many of the wines produced on Austria’s hallowed slopes at the Vienna Wine Fest, held in the Museumsquartier complex close to the centre.
The organisers are planning the next event (the 2019 Wine Fest was the first of its kind). When I get details, I’ll post them here.
In 2019, dozens of producers showcased over 300 wines. And since one cannot live on wine alone (despite my best efforts), other stands at the Wine Fest offered cheese, sausages, and similar to cleanse the palate or fill the stomach as required.
2020 dates and tickets
The 2020 event is planned for Friday, May 8th, opening at 3pm for trade visitors and at 5pm for the general public, then ending at 10pm.
Tickets for the general public cost €17 at the previous event and included all tastings, with tickets available in advance through the festival website.
How to get to the wine festival
The Museumsquartier is very central and flanked by two subway stations (Museumsquartier on the U2 and Volkstheater on the U3 and U2). See the MQ page for travel tips.
Address: Museumsplatz 1/5, 1070 Vienna