Food and drink
In traditional Heurige self-service buffets are the norm. Mixed assortments of hot and cold cuts (roast pork, grilled chicken, ham, homemade sausages), pickles, spreads, strudel and cheese platters are what you'll usually find on offer. Wine is ordered and served at the table. If you prefer not to queue you can order your meal at the table too. I'll only mention a few of the extraordinary award-winning wines, and sincerely hope that a couple of bottles are still available when you arrive. The Riesling 2008 Nussberg from the Winery Mayer am Pfarrplatz came first in the international wine tasting competition that compared selected Rieslings from all five continents. Other winners were: Gemischter Satz, Riesling Nussberg, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, all 2009. There's an old tradition of producing a couple of highest quality whites with a reference to the great lodger, one is the Cuvée Eroica a complex, aromatic white wine used as this year's altar wine in St. Stephen's Cathedral, and a Traminer called Beethoven No. 9.
Mayer am Pfarrplatz is casual, comfortable and very cosy both indoors and out.
Self-service means you don't have to wait for food but, if there's a big group or event on, it can be a while until you get your drinks.
Heiligenstadt is a part of Döbling, Vienna's 19th and most affluent district. This is where vineyard countryside begins. Public transport from the centre of Vienna gets you here in about 25 minutes; a taxi ride takes 15 minutes.
A meal with wine will cost around 25 euros.
In the nearby Pfarrwirt (Pfarrplatz 5, 1190 Wien ; 01 370 73 73; www.pfarrwirt.com) a highly recommendable weekly lunch menu is a available, with a choice of two, three or four courses between 11.50 and 17.50 euros.
- Culture vultures
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- First-time travellers
- Mature travellers
- No fuss