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Wien

Austria has the only capital city in the world in which wine-growing, as well as wine drinking, is seriously important. Vienna has some fine vineyards in its suburbs, as well as the unique Heurige tradition whereby the city's vintners are allowed to sell their wine, straight from the fermentation vat, in their own taverns, most famously in the suburb of Grinzing. Edelmoser, Franz Mayer (whose son-in-law is an ebullient Australian) and Wieninger are three of Vienna's best producers. Gemischter Satz, a wine made from several varieties that are planted in the same vineyard and harvested together, is another local speciality.

In a nutshell

Suburban vineyards and the famous Heurigen.