The Pinkataler Weinstraße...

Is the very heart of the wine-growing region of South Burgenland. This region in the lower Pinka valley extends from the famous wine-growing area of the community of Deutsch-Schützen/Eisenberg over Bildein, Kulm and Eberau to Moschendorf. In the lower valley of the river Strem it includes the villages of Heiligenbrunn, Strem and parts of the nearby community Güssing.

The landscape

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This picturesque wine-growing landscape is a touristic gem in terms of authenticity and naturalness. Especially for city dwellers who want to escape from the hustle and bustle, here is a refuge of scenic beauty and tranquility.

It is the smallest wine-growing area of the Burgenland and extends for the most part along the Pinka river. The vineyard area totals only about 500 hectares. That is why viticulture in the small-scale vineyards is usually carried out by the farmers as a secondary production.

The region is one of the warmest climates in Austria. In the east, the Pannonian lowlands dominate with dry and warm climate. On the sunny south and south-east slopes at the foothills of the eastern Styrian highlands there are ideal conditions for the cultivation of wine.

The characteristics of the soil are essential for the quality of the viticulture as well. In the north (around Rechnitz) predominantly grown there is Welschriesling and Grüner Veltliner, while in the south heavy clay soils with a high iron content (Eisenberg and Deutsch Schützen) are particularly suitable for red wines. (Blaufränkisch, Zweigelt and Blauburgunder).

The Buschenschanken (wine taverns)

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The characteristic feature of a Buschenschank compared to taverns or inns is that they are open only for a limited period (usually a few weeks per year) and they are offering mostly their own products. It is therefore worthwhile to look for the green bushes at the signposts to the individual farms, or to take a look at the Buschenschank calendar of the southern Burgenland. On the Internet, the current version can be found at a> www.suedburgenland.info

In those taverns the typical wines of the region, Welschriesling and Blaufränkisch are served, additionally there is always an offer of various meat dishes, bread and salads, which can be individually chosen.

In addition to the two southern Burgenland varieties there are also green Veltliner, Rheinriesling, Zweigelt, Blauburger and less common varieties such as the Muskat Ottonell in the Buschenschanken. However, there are also some dedicated Uhudler producers, who offer the wine-interested visitor steadily growing varieties of this local speciality.