Formerly typically down-to-earth and old fashioned, Christ is now in the avant-garde of modern Heurigen. There is atmospheric lighting, strong colors and a stylish interior of wood, natural stone and glass. Wine lovers can also judge if Rainer Christ deserves his reputation as a rising star among Vienna's young wine makers. Note: open only every other month: January, March, etc.
Sitting among the vines on the slopes of the Kahlenberg with a view across the Danube, aesthetically this is probably Vienna's most spectacular Heurige. To ensure you can enjoy the view, book a table on the terrace during the summer months.
Some of the Heurige in the 19th District have given up most, if not all, of the old traditions and replaced them with kitsch and cliché to draw the tourists. Situated off the normal tourist route, Hengl-Haselbrunner is a Heuriger that the tradition-loving Viennese still visit: green benches and tables in the speckled shade of tree-lined garden.
Three choices of inside dining areas, a shady garden, hot and cold buffet, wine produced by the owner himself, and traditional Viennese music: Welser gives you all the elements of the traditional Heurige experience.
Cobblestone courtyards and historical buildings – one of which housed Ludwig van Beethoven in 1817. Mayer am Pfarrplatz is one of the oldest and most attractive Heurige. The wine also has a reputation for being one of the city's best.
A traditional Heurige in Schönbrunn-yellow – the color of the old Empire. A lovely, rustic interior complete with tiled-stone heating and a beautiful terraced garden. A favorite of the Austrian society, but welcoming to everyman.
With 10 different lounges and parlors, you'll probably find somewhere that feels comfortable. There is also a large choice at the buffet: tidbits including cheeses and canapés; cold and warm starters; traditional main courses including Schnitzel and chicken, pork, beef and veal dishes; a salad buffet; and wide range of Viennese cakes and pastries.
At home in a 250-year-old farmhouse, Zahel is one of Vienna's oldest Heurige. The house has been preserved and traditionally decorated. Wooden furniture sits in plastered and wood-panelled rooms heated by the old tiled oven. There is a modest but good a la carte menu as well as a buffet. Dates vary each month; please confirm specifics.
Situated between vineyards and the Vienna woods, the building dates back to 1683 and was redesigned in the 1970s by Professor Walter von Hoesslin who was the stage designer for the Vienna State Opera. You can sit in the barn, the cellar, the forge, the loft, or in the pressing room – all of which are far more comfortable than they might sound. There is a good choice of wines and a buffet. If you are a small group, try the Heurigenplatten which gives you the chance to try a range of dishes accompanied by salads and breads.
A Heurige's culinary quality is not always high on the list of reasons to pay it a visit, but in the case of Wieninger's, it's probably top of the list. Fritz Wieninger wine has a fantastic reputation and the buffet is excellent. Well worth a visit across the Danube to the 21st district. Please check for exact opening dates.