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With over 500 hectares of vineyards and around 150 winegrowers, Vienna is one of the largest wine capitals in Europe. And while it’s all within the city limits, it feels like a whole other world. In Stammersdorf, Mauer, Grinzing or am Nussberg you feel far away from the hectic pace of the city and you encounter a cozy village character. Viennese – old and young – meet here on weekends for wine hikes. Ok, we admit, hiking could be misinterpreted, it is more like a long walk – with a stop at a “Buschenschank” or “Heurigen” (wine taverns), of course.
In the evening, when it gets fresher and the sun is hiding behind the vineyards, we change our perspective of Vienna and continue on our culinary journey – up to the 18th floor in Das LOFT Restaurant.
From up here, the view of Vienna is completely different. With St. Stephen’s Cathedral always in sight, you can watch the hustle and bustle of the city from very close up.
While you enjoy Chef Peter Duransky’s Taste of Loft menu, our HEAD SOMMELIER TOMAS HYNEK takes care of the perfect wine accompaniment and harmoniously rounds off the evening with the perfectly fitting drop. From white to rosé to red and champagne, he will find the right wine for every taste and occasion.
here are his favourite picks for autumn
What about this one for example?
Grüner Veltliner Federspiel 2017
Late filling from the Nikolaihof winery in Wachau, Austria
The Nikolaihof is the oldest winery in Austria. And the Veltliner? Sensational. After almost five years in the big old wooden barrel, the wine was bottled in the summer of 2022, ready to be enjoyed.
Rosé P’tit Luchini 2021
Mai et Kenji Hodgson winery, Loire Tall, France
When a wooden cask Cabernet Franc falls in love with a Chenin Blanc, we get a beautiful union full of flavor. All of this is bottled unfiltered with some smoky aromas, notes of ripe cherries and red berries. The wine has a funky style with a fine tannin and is wonderfully versatile as an accompaniment to different dishes.
Blaufränkisch Ried Bühl 2011
Claus Preisinger winery, Burgenland, Austria
The Bühl comes from the area of the same name near Lake Neusiedl near Gols in Burgenland. The location is one of the highest and steepest in the region. This is where the perfect Blaufränkisch grapes grow. Deep dark ruby garnet, opaque core and violet reflections can be seen in the glass. Each sip stays with you for a long time and reveals dark berry fruit with a delicate underlay of chocolate, fine precious wood and good complexity.
Gosset Brut 15 Ans Champagne
de cave a minima, Champagne, France
This is very mature champagne from the house of Gosset, the oldest winery in the French region of Champagne. In the glass we find a golden yellow color with an elegant aroma of bread crust, honey and baked apple supported by spicy herbal notes and a light truffle aroma. Juicy, full-bodied and very creamy on the palate with a fine sour bite, with a salty length and great balance.
Which one can we pour you?