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Day 13 Traveled from Hungary to Austria

Cement tanks at Domäne Wachau in Austria’s Wachau wine region

Our last day of our two week visit to Hungary and Austria was completed when we visited Domäne Wachau and later F. J. Gritsch in Austria.

Our first winery of the day was Domäne Wachau, a large winery consisting of a group of wine growers. The winery has a special history with old cellars and a special historic building now used for events. The wine cellar includes old and modern winemaking equipment including stainless steel tanks, cement eggs and old casks. The tasting room is modern. During our wine tasting, we noticed that the floor has a large image of the renowned Danube River embedded in it.

Tasting wines at F. J. Gritsch winery in Austria

We then traveled to a small Austrian town. After parking, we walked past a large church and entered a small walkway leading past the F. J. Gritsch tasting room. Nearby was the home of the current winemaker.

At Gritsch we learned the Gritsch family has been involved in the wine industry for seven generations. The house where the winemaking began dates back to the end of the 13th century. After learning the history of Gritsch, we entered the tasting room to enjoy several wines.

After an enjoyable time, it was time  to travel to our Vienna hotel, to prepare for our return flight to the US.

Many thanks to all of the Hungarians and Austrians we met during our visit! We hope to return again to discover more about the wine industry and culture of both countries.

Watch for our complete articles about the wineries and more on the Wine Trail Traveler website.

Kathy and Terry

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