It's a week before I take off to Vienna, and I am very excited. I'll arrive on the Friday morning, a day before the official Vie Vinum wine fair, be able to get into the hotel and check in and relax for a moment, then the evening holds a soccer game (footballmatch) - the VieVinum Cup - a prelude to EURO 08 - the international journalists vs the Austrian wine growers playing football, followed by what appears to be a dinner at a typical Viennese Heuriger called Mayer am Pfarrplatz.
The following morning will begin the VieVinum wine fair, held at the palace in the center of town. It appears we will be milling about learning and tasting the wines on our own. That evening, there will be a big Austrian wine party hosted by the Austrian Wine Marketing Board, with what they promise to be good music, nice people, and more wine!
Sunday will be another day of the VieVinum event, more wine-tasting and learning about Blaufrankisch and much more.
Monday - free morning! Maybe by this time I will have somewhat acclimated and will go for a run through Vienna. That will be nice. I remember logging 2 runs during my trip last year to Germany, the first in Ahr along the Ahr River, and the second in Nackenheim in the Rheinhessen.
Monday at noon we will be departing for Krems, with a detour first at a winery where we will have lunch and do a tasting of three producers. This winery is one I am not familiary with - Schwarzbock, but I am familiary with one of the other producers who we will be tasting there - Hofer. The third producer is Ecker.
That evening, after checking in the hotel in Krems, we will attend dinner and a party at Schloss Gobelsburg. I am not familiary with this house either, but it sounds fabulous!
Tuesday morning we set out to Langenlois to taste Hirsch, Brundlmayer, Schloss Gobelsburg and Hiedler.
Wow, I seem to be setting myself up to love these wines. Yikes!
In the afternoon, it looks like we will be going to a place called Salomon.
Wednesday, the itinerary suggests we visit Nigl, Berger, and Setzer, followed by Jamek and Alzinger, then later, tasting and dinner at Nikolaihof.
And wow, there's more! Thursday, we're heading for Carnuntum to taste Glatzer and Sattler, and surprise! Hungary! We're crossing the border to by boat across the Neusiedlersee to Hungary to taste with Heidi Schrock, Prieler, and Lehrner. Followed by dinner in Hungary at the old border station hosted by a 2-star Michelin restaurant called Taubenkobel!
What a line-up!!!