The Travvy Awards are described as the Academy Awards of the American travel industry, and at the 2016 Travvy Awards, Austria was selected as the best wine tourism destination in Europe.
I am not surprised. During my before-the-wedding honeymoon in October of 2014, my bride-to-be and I took a day trip from Vienna to the nearby vineyard lands. The trip included an excursion on the Danube on a boat much like the one in the accompanying photo, and a highlight on that boat ride was getting to see Austria’s famed terraced vineyards up close.
The trip also included a visit to a winery and still more vineyard sightseeing in a small van.
But our Austria wine experience wasn’t restricted to that single day trip.
We began our time in Vienna by having dinner at the famous Zum Figlmuller — a giant schnitzel that covered a plate, accompanied by a delicious potato side dish, and all washed down with glasses of light and refreshing Gruner Veltliner wine.
And we finished our trip with a visit to Vienna’s Grinzing neighborhood, which is home to a number of winery tasting rooms. Grinzing is easily accessible by the city’s public transit system, and we found the tasting room personnel to be welcoming and eager to tell us about their wines.
So, if I were one of the 39,000 travel agents, tour operators or other travel professionals who took part in the voting for the Travvy Awards, I would have given Austria the nod as well. Congratulations to the Austrian Wine Marketing Board on a well-deserved honor.