The wine regions along the Danube in Lower Austria don their most stunning colors in the autumn, creating an irresistible backdrop for strolls through vineyards, to scenic spots and legendary hilltops.
This palette of colors is as diverse as Weinherbst itself, an array of events to celebrate wine and autumn along the Danube in Lower Austria. This is a chance to experience the many customs surrounding wine - authentic and down-to-earth. A chance to meet the wine makers and learn first-hand about their approach to wine - traditional yet innovative.
Numerous festivals - culinary and cultural, musical and literary - offer wonderful opportunities to celebrate the new vintage far into November.
Red-letter Dates in Weinherbst
Excavations in and around St. Martin's Church in Klosterneuburg yielded evidence that winegrowing was part of life here as early as the 8th c. For hundreds of years, winegrowing was also the most important source of income for the city.
The romantic wine town is steeped in history and situated at the Danube gap between Leopoldsberg and Bisamberg, between the vineyard-covered Vienna Woods foothills and the riparian wetlands of the Danube, on the outskirts of Vienna. Donauland (Danube Land), the name of the wine region surrounding the city, has excellent conditions for outstanding viticulture.
Sturm Festival in Klosterneuburg
In Klosterneuburg, fresh sturm, most and all manner of heuriger delicacies are served in September at the Sturm Festival at city hall square.
Dates in 2019: September 21 & 22
Leopoldi in Klosterneuburg
In mid-November, Saint Leopold takes center stage in Klosterneuburg. The folk custom of barrel sliding on St. Leopold's Day will be featured again at the Binderstadl in Klosterneuburg Monastery.
Dates in 2019: November 11 - 17
What is a heuriger?
“Heurig” is an adjective in Austrian dialect that means “this year.” It refers to “this year’s” wine, i.e. the new wine, as well as to the winemakers’ premises where they are allowed to serve their own wine to the public along with simple down-to-earth foods. These heurige are typical of the wine regions in Lower Austria. A genuine heuriger is open only at certain times of the year. A few fir or conifer twigs hung out (ausgesteckt) at the entrance to the house indicate that the heuriger is open.