I’ve wanted to go to a Heurigen since before we got here, and today we went. They are Viennese wine taverns, which were, historically, run by vineyards to sell their new wine. Now, they seem to have evolved as restaurants that sell “microbrew” wines, locally cultivated (many even within Vienna itself). We first learned about it while watching the Rick Steves episode on Vienna (which we watched several times as our “homework” before moving here) and it seemed like it would be a very Viennese experience, so I’ve wanted to go ever since.
We went this evening. It was fun — we had some of the “new” wine (from last fall) which they say is an acquired taste, but for those who like sweet, white wine and who know absolutely nothing about what they’re drinking, it was pretty good. The food was simple and served buffet style (which was fun, because you get to try a little of everything). We ate outside in the wine garden, which was lovely (if a little hot today) — there was live music and pretty landscaping (including a fountain, which Benjamin loved). It started raining just as we were packing up to leave, and the rain followed us all the way home.
I do think it’s a fairly unique experience to Vienna, and I’m really glad we went. I would like to go again. The one we went to was effectively chosen at random (we had a recommendation from a friend, but we ended up finding a different one by accident) and we really didn’t know what we were doing. Having been, I would choose a different location, order different things to eat and have a different expectation of the experience. It was less about the food and drink and more about experiencing Vienna — which is what we’re here for, anyway.