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A Wine with Real Downtown Flair

A Wine with Real Downtown Flair

Get to know Gemischter Satz, the Viennese “field blend” that’s grown and vinted within the city limits of Austria’s capital city.

Wine made in a metropolis? You betcha! As unlikely as it seems, the capital city of Vienna (or Wien, as it is called in Austria) has been making more than great music: the city also produces wine from vineyards within the geographic city limits, and has since the Middle Ages. In fact, there are 1,574 acres of vines still in production. Guess those trendy “downtown” wineries popping up in the United States aren’t the only ones bringing great winemaking to city neighborhoods.

The Viennese tradition of planting different grape varieties, then harvesting and fermenting them together as one “field blend” wine, has survived to the present day as Wiener Gemischter Satz (meaning “Viennese Mixed Set”). These fresh white wines are customarily served in charming Heuriger, rustic wine taverns serving young wine accompanied by local food and music. Sounds like a good time to us!

Yes, those are the real vineyards overlooking Vienna. Photo courtesy of Wieninger.

Yes, those are the real vineyards overlooking Vienna. Photo courtesy of Wieninger.

This spritzy, green, peppery seven-grape field blend marries Grüner Veltliner, Riesling, Weissburgunder, Welschriesling, Neuburger, Chardonnay and Traminer. It’s produced by the Huber family, who have been winemakers for generations and run a wine tavern on Furhrgassl street. Austria has contributed a lot to culture: Freud in psychology, Klimt in painting, Mozart in music. And, it turns out: some very tasty white wine with genuine downtown bona fides.

Gemischter Satz is going on the menu soon at both Tria Cafe locations – but if you ask, we’ll pour you a glass now.

Tria Wine Director, Michael McCaulley

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