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By Bruce Sanderson
Vienna's proximity to world-class vineyards is matched by no other European capital. An hour's drive from the city brings you to the gentle farmland of Burgenland, with its hills and lowlands surrounding Neusiedler See, or to the ancient crystalline rock of the Wachau terraces, where imposing medieval ruins stand vigilant. A broad range of white, red and dessert wines rewards the adventurous visitor. ¿ The suburbs of Vienna itself contain 1,800 acres of vineyards. Viennese taverns called heurigenIdot the vineyards and sell the new year's wines. A relaxed evening at a heurige,&with its casual atmosphere and self- serve buffet, is a unique Austrian experience not to be missed.
Wine-loving travelers can either use Vienna as a base for day trips to wineries, or as a jumping-off point for a visit to the heart of wine country. What follows is by no means a comprehensive list of accommodations and restaurants, but these few will enhance any trip to Niederösterreich (Lower Austria) and the northern part of Burgenland around Neusiedler See.
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