Vienna is justly famous for its pastries, opera, music, and glistening pedestrian thoroughfares, not to mention its lingering Old World charm. However, Austria's capital is equally renowned throughout Europe for its fine wine. In fact, Vienna holds the distinction of being the only world capital to grow and produce fine wine for sale, albeit in small quantities.
Wieninger is the most prestigious of Vienna's wineries, and Fritz Wieninger is the capital's current oenological star. Dubbed the "King of Viennese winemaking" by his countrymen, Fritz Wieninger is the consummate artist in the cellar. He has also been named one of Vienna's "most eligible bachelors," an adage that has no doubt brought potential heiresses out of castles and townhouses and into the cellar – for a taste and a look of course. However, all this recent publicity has hardly distracted the serious-minded Fritz Wieninger from his true calling, the production of Vienna's finest wines.
Viennese wines and the Wieninger name are nearly synonymous, and they have been for a century. Much of the prestige of Vienna's wines can be attributed to the work of the Wieninger family. For nearly 100 years the Weingut Wieninger was run exclusively as one of Vienna's famous "heurigen" (vineyard taverns). That is, until Fritz Wieninger, Jr., the present "King of Viennese wines," became manager of the wine production in the 1980s. Fritz now concentrates solely on fashioning discriminating, high-quality wines, which find their way into the world's most exclusive restaurants and specialty shops. A small amount of wine is still sold at the winery and the rest is served at the family's heurigen, which is operated by Fritz's brother Leo. A few fortunate and discerning club members are now among the chosen few to be offered the opportunity to taste Vienna's most famous wine.
Fritz Wieninger produces an amazing array of fine wines, all from Viennese vines. At last count there were more than two dozen wines for sale from this great producer, which include white, red, dry, and sweet offerings as well as single vineyard and traditional old vine field blends. Although all of Wieninger's wines are considered to be outstanding examples of their type, a few have garnered world wide attention and international acclaim. First among the estate's wines are the offerings from Nussberg, Vienna's most prestigious vineyard. Nussberg is renowned for producing very flavorful wines of power and longevity. With the 2006 Wieninger Nussberg Grüner Veltliner we are proud to offer our International Wine of the Month members a glimpse of the century old Wieninger tradition as well as a bottle of rare Viennese wine. Prost!