Kellergasse Galgenberg Winter, © Niederösterreich-Werbung/Robert Herbst

Advent in Weinviertel`s wine cellar lanes

Unique moments, vinophile views and incomparable culinary delights are the ingredients which make the Weinviertel unforgettable, especially during Advent.

In the western part of the Weinviertel, the Advent period is also the wine cellar period. There, where the winter vineyards lie close against the gently rolling hills, and every bite is redolent of the freshness of the region, you can spend a particularly comfortable pre-Christmas period.

Royal luxuries and tranquil Kellergassen (wine cellar lanes)

On arrival in the Weinviertler idyll, you can enjoy a royal sleep in the beautiful Schlosshotel Mailberg, surrounded by vineyards and in the midst of exciting tales (about knights). Those arriving at midday can participate straight away in the daily guided tour, and learn more about the breath-taking Schlosshotel (and its stunning wine house!). Our tip: Extend your round trip and visit the lookout post Alberndorf only 12 minutes away, where you can have the best view over the wine region, and in good weather can even see the Danube and the Czech Republic. Because fresh air makes you hungry, we then recommend the excellent pub delicacies in the Gasthaus Bsteh – where you can also stock up your cupboards with homemade jams, compotes and herb syrups. In the evening, a walk across an Advent market is an absolute must. Particularly impressive is the Loimgrui – a wine cellar village close to Unterstinkenbrunn, which is linked via tunnels. Up to 60 press houses offer marvellous wines, spirits and culinary delights such as roast piglet or the “Engelslocken”, a local sweet speciality. No less impressive is the Advent in Hadres, the longest Kellergasse (cellar street) in the country. Homemade items made in kitchens and cellars are offered here, without any hint of kitsch.
A vinophile Advent with Madame Crousto and Co.

After a grand castle breakfast, off we go on a discovery tour in Mailberg’s

After a grand castle breakfast, off we go on a discovery tour in Mailberg’s wine cellar lane. You can fortify and warm yourself up at Madame Crousto, Rainer Roggen and Robert de Vino, and with the unbelievably good handmade organic breads of the Bäckerei Öfferl bakery in Gaubitsch. The young boss puts so much love into his trade that you can taste it in every bite. After the right meal, a visit to Weingut Prechtl would be nice, where the Weinviertler DACs can be tasted and taken home with you. For the evening, we have another Weinviertler insider tip: Advent in the wine cellar lane Großharras cellar street. You can find this Advent idyll away from the hustle and bustle and overfilled stands, only a few minutes away from Mailberg: here, locals present their Christmas artisan crafts, as usual for the region, in a small, sophisticated and romantic setting. And those who feel hungry later can enter the Weindomizil Hagn to enjoy, in addition to the finely spiced white wine risotto, a fantastic view of the illuminated Schloss Mailberg, before returning to the hotel.

One last round of Weinviertel, please!

After a final walk through the Schlosspark (castle park), and one last deep breath in the middle of the vineyard, you will have to return home. But not without first visiting Pollak’s Retzbacherhof. Here – and especially here – it is said that you can truly taste the Weinviertel. Enjoy!