This fall Vienna will be given over to wine and design â€“ two areas in which the city has a fine pedigree. Today they are at the heart of a modern and lively scene in the capital.
Creative spirits have always felt at home in Vienna. The mix of different peoples and cultures has traditionally provided a fertile breed ground for art and design. From footwear to porcelain, furniture to graphics, jewelry to architecture â€“ Vienna has plenty to shout about when it comes to design. These are just some of the highlights of the Vienna Design Week and the Blickfang design sales fair at the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) in October.
In recent years Viennese design has become increasingly associated with Viennese wine. This new alliance is apparent in a range of details, from glassware to bottle and label design and the innovative wine cellar architecture which gives visual expression to the renaissance of the Viennese wine scene. After more than 2,000 years, Viennese winegrowers are more active than ever before. The traditional Heuriger wine taverns are gaining in popularity among a younger crowd who appreciate the relaxed atmosphere, fine wines and great food. Viennese wine has reached new heights in terms of quality â€“ dedicated vintners are demonstrating that the Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gemischter Satz are among the best wines in the country. Meanwhile it is de rigueur for Viennese restaurants to offer local wines. Events such as the presentation of the Junger Wiener â€“ the first wine of the new vintage â€“ raise the profile of Viennese wine in the city.
From October 1-November 30, 2009 the Vienna, Wine and Design promotion provides the perfect opportunity to see, sample and experience Viennese wine and design. There is also a competition with a star prize of 999 bottles of Viennese wine to be shared between three lucky winners. There are also instant prizes to be won at the tourist information office on Albertinaplatz in the city center.
Albertinaplatz, 1st district,
daily 9 a.m.â€“ 7 p.m.
For more information about wine in Vienna ,
Vienna Design Week, October 1-11, 2009
Blickfang 09, October 16-18, 2009
Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art (MAK), Stubenring 5, 1st District
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