Austria Destinations

A weekend in the sunny land of Blaufränkisch (+ giveaway)

August 23, 2016
Deutschkreutz Weinmanufaktur

Who doesn’t enjoy a good glass of red wine now and then? And even better, who isn’t dreaming of sunny days in the middle of vineyards enjoying some good food and good company? You might think of Bordeaux or Tuscany first but Austria has some amazing wine (and vineyards) too! I experienced all of that in the in Mittelburgenland, a part of Austria’s easternmost province of Burgenland. The area proudly call itself Sonnenland (sunny land) because the country indeed is spoilt with a high number of sunshine hours which lived up to its name when we got there 😉

At the Hotel Sonnenhof in Lutzmannsburg we had the right starting point for our activities which should include a lot of wine later – so a cozy space for relaxing and recharging was essential! What’s better than a garden full of rabbits (who cares it’s actually for kids when my friend and me fell in love instantly?) and a lovely, crystal-clear swimming pond? It should become one of my favourite places of the entire weekend 😀

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Anyways we weren’t supposed to only lay around as we had some serious wine tasting coming up: Mittelburgenland is particularly known for one grape – the Blaufränkisch – which also gave the area the alternative name Blaufränkischland. At the Blaufränkisch Vertikale, a wine tasting event, we got the chance to try 25 (!) different ones from local and international producers. Don’t worry, we didn’t have to swallow all of them 😛 Although it was hard for me to taste all the different nuances, I at least learned that every wine has its story…

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Meanwhile the Rotweinerlebnis Lutzmannsburg had become a huge festival ground for wine lovers from near and far… We finished the evening with – what else – more wine and enjoyed the laid-back atmosphere.

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After an relaxed morning (luckily no hangovers!) we got introduced into the art of wine making. The family-run Deutschkreutzer Weinmanufaktur gave us an interesting guided tour through their impressive manufacturing facilities and tasting rooms. Highlight: The terrace with a breathtaking view over the hills around Deutschkreutz!

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Typical for a wine-related town like Deutschkreutz there is a big wine lounge where you can taste and buy all the fine drops from every winemaker of the region. You can imagine that we didn’t leave with empty hands 😛

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We finished our wine tour with a culinary highlight at the Heuriger (a traditional wine tavern) called Schenkhaus Strehn. They served an amazing rosé aperitif and some delicious samples of their menu, as far as possible made of local ingredients and prepared with lots of love! The place truly was a little oasis and a foodie heaven – but as their opening periods are very limited (next time they’re open from 11th to 20th November) – reservations are advisable! We were absolutely delighted ❤

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Giveaway:

To give you a little taste of Mittelburgenland to your home I’m hosting a little giveaway: Please let me know in the comments what’s your favourite way to enjoy a good glass of wine? The lucky winner will be chosen by lot and receives a bottle of Blaufränkisch sponsored by Deutschkreutzer Weinmanufaktur (Sorry, due to high shipping costs I’ll have to limit this giveaway to Europe only!) The challenge will be open for a week (until August 30th).

*I’ve been invited by Sonnenland Mittelburgenland however my opinion remains 100% my own.

 

30 Comments

  • Reply PinaySkattebasse August 23, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    OMG! I love wine tasting. We flew to Napa Valley on my first wine tasting (and last so far) while we can just fly around Europe like the one you’ve been to! It looks fun and exciting. 🙂 I think this will be top of the list when I visit Austria. 🙂 Hahaha.

    And I want to join your giveaway! 😀 My favourite way of enjoying a good glass of wine is with my husband overlooking Copenhagen from the peak of our building. Paired with tapas and fresh fruits. 😀

    • Reply sileas August 31, 2016 at 10:03 am

      Well thank you for taking part (and being so fast ;)), I really do like the idea of how you’re enjoying wine 😉

  • Reply Gudrun August 23, 2016 at 5:22 pm

    Zuerst dachte ich: Blaufränkisch-Land, wo in Deutschland ist denn das? Bis ich beim Weiterlesen draufgekommen bin, das ist gar nicht so weit weg von mir… 🙂

    • Reply sileas August 31, 2016 at 10:04 am

      Hahaha, das Gute liegt oft so nah was? 😉 Aber das “fränkisch” kann einen schon etwas verwirren 😛

  • Reply Julie August 24, 2016 at 3:19 am

    This sounds like right up my alley…! I can’t believe I’ve yet to go to a vineyard…! This needs to be changed, asap! I wish I could participate in the giveaway, but I definitely enjoy a good glass of wine with some jamon and good friends!!

    • Reply sileas August 31, 2016 at 10:08 am

      Too bad that Asia is still lacking famous wines, but they’re trying to catch up – so who knows? 😉 I’m sorry I couldn’t ship it over to S’Pore but if you ever make it to Austria, I’ll get you some good ones 😉

  • Reply Paleica August 24, 2016 at 6:43 am

    wieder einmal supertoll. ich beneide dich grade um das sponsoring, das hätte ich auch gern gemacht 🙂 allerdings gefällt mir dieser sonnenhof so gut, dass ich ernsthaft überlege, da auch beizeiten mal hinzufahren ^.^ ist das die kathi auf dem foto?

    • Reply sileas August 31, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Oh danke, ja sie war meine Begleitung 🙂 Ich war total angetan von der Einladung und es war mir eine große Ehre! Vor allem der Teich vom Sonnenhof wird mir lange in Erinnerung bleiben – ich denke schon über einen Besuch im nächsten Sommer nach…

      • Reply Paleica September 15, 2016 at 3:35 pm

        ah dann hab ich mich richtig an das gesicht erinnert 🙂 ich muss sagen, das ist schon mindestens das 2. mal, dass du ein reiseziel auf meine to do liste geschrieben hast 😉

        • Reply sileas September 16, 2016 at 10:09 am

          Hehe das freut mich immer am meisten 😀

  • Reply ourdestinationsblog August 25, 2016 at 7:57 am

    wow, wow, wow! my grandparents are from this area! fantastic report with great images. reminds me of to visit my second home (burgenland) soon again. Thank you!

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 2:17 pm

      Really? That’s cool! What a nice second home to have 🙂

  • Reply Mitzie Mee August 25, 2016 at 8:10 am

    What a great give-away! Unfortunately, I’m back in Dubai:/ I must admit that I’ve never really considered Austria a wine country, but with the climate and the location, I’m sure there are some really great wines, yet to be discovered by me:) The food looks really, really good too.

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 2:21 pm

      Too bad really 🙁 Yes, the production may not as big as in France or Italy but the quality is equally good! That was a particular red wine area, but overall Austria is a white wine country 😉

  • Reply Eden August 25, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    Too bad I live in Canada, that sounds like a great giveaway! This sounds like a fun experience, I would like to learn more about wine. By the way, the photo of the bunnies is SO cute, great shot!

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      Yeah I feel really sorry about that 🙁 But thank you, I think bunnies are just made to be cute 😛

  • Reply fromdreamtoplan August 25, 2016 at 9:23 pm

    I’ve never been to Austria but after reading your posts about your adventures there I’m always tempted to leave immediately and come there! Unfortunately I can’t now but I’m collecting all your advices for when I’ll have the opportunity to go! This place sounds amazing and perfect for a relaxing long weekend! And the give away is such a great idea, thank you for giving us this opportunity! 😉

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 3:17 pm

      Aww thank you Lisa! I really hope you make it to Austria one day because I think you’ll like it 😉

  • Reply Christina August 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    You’ve been to wine heaven apparently! 😀 Nothing’s better than enjoying a glass of wine directly where it comes from – at the vineyard. Unfortunately I’ve only been able to do so once in my life 🙁 but it’s definitely on my to to-do list for next year. haha 😀
    Too bad I won’t be in Europe for the next few months so I won’t be able to participate in your give away 😛

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 3:18 pm

      Oh that sounds so exciting, where are you heading to? Too bad for the giveaway but I’m happy to hear that your next adventure is coming up 🙂

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 August 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    Excellent post Julia; here in Australia we have many wine growing/tasting regions and one of my favourites is in Western Australia – I lived there for two years so got to see that region and taste the wines on many occasions. The scenery in your wine region is beautiful; grasslands are so green.

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      Australia has fantastic wines and I’m dreaming about visiting their wine regions! I bet it looks different from here, which makes it even more interesting…

  • Reply Jessica Yip August 27, 2016 at 12:30 am

    Wow the pictures are beautiful! What camera do you use Sileas?

    • Reply sileas September 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm

      Thank you Jessica! I’m using a Sony A5100 with the kit lens (16-50 mm) and a 50 mm lens.

  • Reply dayinmydreams August 29, 2016 at 2:00 am

    this place is sooooo beautiful. you’re life is so charmed xoxo
    https://dayinmydreams.com

    • Reply sileas September 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm

      Haha thank you, I shall not complain 😛

  • Reply markusjerko August 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Very interesting story about the wine, must have been a great weekend!
    And pretty pictures, specially also from the lake!
    Ciao Markus
    http://www.markusjerko.at/photos/100-tage-sommer/

    • Reply sileas September 5, 2016 at 12:56 pm

      Thanks a lot Markus 🙂

  • Reply Patricia September 29, 2016 at 6:55 am

    Great piece. Loved reading it. Blaufränkisch is my favorite red followed by Zweigelt. Supplying the same to Africa. Currently it’s present in Uganda and I just finished a tasting on the same. Enjoy and cheers!

    • Reply sileas September 30, 2016 at 9:09 am

      Austrian wine in Uganda? Wow that’s so cool! Thanks for reading and cheers 🙂

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