Wednesday, June 2, 2010

With Gruner Veltliner, Anything is Possible

There are those experiences in life which make you stop and think that this is truly one of the best in your life - the 2010 VieVinum was certainly one of those for me.

Upon arriving in Vienna, I quickly learned this was one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to and immediately set out on foot to explore. I was greeted by fantastic architecture and was filled with a feeling of romanticism that one can only find in Europe - I haven't been since 2006 and had truly forgotten the beauty of the continent in general.

Guests from all over the world and from all sectors of the industry gathered together for the meet-and-greet,VieVinum's first event, which held at Meierei im Stadtpark in Vienna which featured a presentation of the wines from Grüner Veltliner, Blaufränkish and Austrian specialties as well as a carefully concocted and paired cuisine.

The restaurant is situated by the canal that runs through Vienna and offers spectacular views of some of the city's prettiest buildings (then again aren't they all?) The event began as a walk around tasting but switched to a sit-down affair with attendees were able to bring bottles of wine to their tables to enjoy at their leisure. Two of the crowd favorites were the Hirtzberger and the Weingut Breundlmayer Grüners.

Post party an entourage of folks headed down to the popular Wein and Co. in the first district on Stephansplatz which is, according to Bernhard from Stadlman Winery in the Thermenregion, THE place to go and be seen so it looks like we made a good choice - and we returned several times.

So much more to come! This was just the beginning.

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