Wine & Culinary Pleasures
Not only do the 2000 hours of sunshine and 300 sunny days per year revitalize holidaymakers in the Lake Neusiedl region, they also provide the optimal climatic conditions for viticulture in the regional wine-growing areas of Lake Neusiedl and the Neusiedl Hills. The Lake Neusiedl wine-growing area covers around 8300 hectares, with vines planted on loess, loamy, black earth, gravel and sandy soils. The diversity of soil types means that grape varieties abound: traditional native varieties like Müller-Thurgau, Grüner Veltliner and Welschriesling thrive as much as Sämling, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay, and red wine varieties like St. Laurent, Zweigelt, Blaufränkisch and Blauburger are found here too.
Local & Exclusive
The culmination of the Pannonian pleasure-loving way of life can be found in the interaction between restaurateurs and wine-makers in local Buschenschenken (small establishments serving home-made traditional food) or exclusive gourmet restaurants. Sampling of regional fine produce, wine and culinary delicacies at the Pannonian Spring and Autumn Festivals and the Martiniloben Celebration (on the 11th of November) is a yearly fixture not only for gourmets but for all local visitors. In addition the Lake Neusiedl region is naturally presented in the annual gourmet restaurant guides as one of the foremost culinary areas in Austria.
Fresh & Diverse
A wide range of products are on offer in the Lake Neusiedl area: fresh fish from the lake, meat from reintroduced farm animal breeds like the Mangalitza pig and Hungarian Grey cattle living in the National Park Lake Neusiedl – Seewinkel, first-class nationally and internationally awarded wines, as well as organic vegetables from the Seewinkel area which is known as the vegetable garden of Austria. Numerous fine producers round up this selection with local fare. Autumn is the season for game, for pumpkins and squashes, and for wild mushrooms from the woods of the nearby Leitha Mountain Range.