Austrian Wine Country – I. Part

By Jonathan Spira on 6 September 2009
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Join me as I embark upon a tour to the three main wine-growing regions of Austria.DSC_1518 (Medium)

I departed New York on 4 September via Austrian Airlines, coincidentally on the first day of ownership of the airline by Lufthansa.  Fortunately, not much has changed and hopefully, as the Austrian newspapers have written, it will simply be “red uniforms without red ink.”

The first order of business was to pick up a BMW Z4 sDrive23 from BMW of Austria and drive to Langenlois, where the beautiful new wine and spa resort  Loisium Hotel beckoned.

After arrival and a pleasant 80 km drive, I checked in and then embarked on a tour of the Loisium Cellar World, a remarkable new museum that features 900 year-old wine cellars with state-of-the-art equipment.

The tour included a walk through some of the vineyards, an opportunity to taste some of the grapes used to make Grüner Veltliner, a theme-park-like introduction to the cellars, the tour itself, a visit to a winemaker’s home ca. 1924, and then a wine tasting.

Enjoy the slide show for the full effect.

–Jonathan B. Spira is the Editor of Executive Road Warrior and Chief Analyst at Basex, a knowledge economy research firm.

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