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
Archaeological finds confirm that winegrowing in the Traisen Valley dates back to the Bronze Age. However, the Traisen Valley first became an official winegrowing region in 1995 (marketed in German as "Traisental"). And with nearly 790 ha it is the smallest winegrowing region in Lower Austria.
The region's small terraced vineyards extend along the Traisen River between the Danube and St. Pölten and feature highly calcareous and gravelly soils. They lend the wines their distinct profile: powerful full-bodied vintages with a firm backbone. The fruity-spicy Grüner Veltliner accounts for more than 50% of the vineyards in cultivation here.
Grand Opening of Weinherbst in the Traisen Valley
In September, Kuffern hosts the opening of Weinherbst in the Traisen Valley at a festive evening event with a varied program. Food and drink is provided by the Traisen Valley wine makers.
Dates in 2019: September 13
Kuffern Cellar-lined Lane Festival
In mid-September, the cellar-lined lane in Kuffern in the Traisen Valley offers visitors regional specialty wines and culinary delights. Youngsters can look forward to a fun train and a bounce castle.
Dates in 2019: September 13 - 15
Autumn Fest in the Ahrenberg Cellar-lined Lane
In late September, the wine makers from the cellar-lined lane in Ahrenberg near Sitzenberg-Reidling invite the public to an exuberant autumn fest complete with wine companion tour. Ahrenberger-Eichberger has Austria's longest heuriger cellar-lined lane that is operated year-round.
Date in 2019: September 28
Traisen Valley New Wine Presentation
The wine makers of Traisen Valley traditionally present their new wines on the Austrian national holiday with a hearty farmer-to-table buffet in the grand Augustiner Hall at Herzogenburg Monastery.
Date in 2019: October 26
In early November, the new vintages are christened, usually in the presence of a prominent godfather, and then tasted.
Selected dates in 2019: Inzersdorf-Getzersdorf: November 2 Cellar-lined lane in Eichberg: November 15 Sitzenberg-Reidling: November 16
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.
The Traisen Valley, with nearly 700 ha of vineyards, is the smallest and most recently designated winegrowing region in Lower Austria (marketed by its German name "Traisental") but has a long tradition of viticulture. In fact, archaeological finds confirm that winegrowing in the Traisen Valley dates back to the Bronze Age.