Can anyone possibly envision Austria’s culture of wining & dining without classic wine taverns such as these? Absolutely unimaginable! And the fact that two of those, Heurigenhof Bründlmayer and Heurigen Fischer, received first and second place in a survey of the country’s very best Heuriger, is a source of very special pride for us!
In this part of the world, when you plan an enjoyable excursion and try to come up with a pleasant place to stop in for refreshments, you generally think in terms of an outdoor restaurant, a relaxed atmosphere and cool wine. Because the menu selection and opening times of traditional wine taverns are occasionally hard to predict, wine lovers are often restrained when it comes to trying out an unfamiliar Heuriger, preferring instead to remain loyal to the one they know. In order to provide some added order and orientation amidst all of this colorful variety, this year, for the first time, the publishers of Falstaff are putting out a guide focused purely on wine taverns: the Heurigen- & Buschenschank Guide.
As is the case with the Falstaff restaurant guide, the ratings are not provided by professional testers, but rather by the guests themselves. The feedback was absolutely staggering, with over 1200 different businesses in the Austrian provinces of Lower Austria, Vienna, Styria and Burgenland to choose from. Within just a few weeks, 23,000 ratings were received. The 452 top-scoring establishments were then included in the new guide.
As is the case with the restaurant guide, the evaluations of Heuriger and Buschenschank taverns was on a 100-point scale. Though rather than the familiar Falstaff “forks”, “bunches of grapes” were awarded instead.
The Lower Austrian as well as overall Austrian champion – scoring 95 points and earning the highest-possible “4 bunches of grapes” – was Heurigenhof Bründlmayer in Langenlois, a business with a restaurant-quality kitchen.
Second place with 94 points and “3 bunches of grapes” was likewise a restaurant member of Castle Hotels & Mansions, namely Heurigen Fischer in Sooss an der Triesting, south of Vienna.
We wish to congratulate both of our exceptional wine taverns, the Bründlmayer and Fischer, and wish our guests many an enjoyable hour spent with them over a good glass of wine!