Day 1: Wednesday 4th September
Arrival, Wine Academy & Welcome Dinner
Meet at Vienna airport at 13.30 (to coincide with the British Airways flight from London). Group transfer by coach to Rust (1hour) for an introductory talk and tasting at the Austrian Wine Academy. Check-in to 4-star SeeHotel (2 nights). Welcome dinner in a private room at the hotel’s restaurant with a selection of wines.
Day 2: Thursday 5th September
Burgenland and Esterhazy Palace
This morning we drive around Lake Neusiedl to visit Umathum winery near the town of Frauenkirchen. Continue to the town for lunch at a local restaurant accompanied by some white and red wines and also some luscious dessert wines from a local winery. After lunch drive back towards Rust and on to Eisenstadt to visit the magnificent Esterhazy Palace for a guided tour of this baroque masterpiece and a visit to its Wine Museum. Return to hotel. Free evening.
Day 3: Friday 6th September
Kremstal and Erste Lage Tasting
This morning check-out and drive past Vienna towards the wine regions of Wachau and Kremstal (2 hours). Arriving at NIGL winery, which has a centuries old winemaking tradition and the remains of a 12th century castle, we will have a comprehensive guided tasting by the winemaker during lunch.
This afternoon we head to the majestic Grafenegg Castle for a very special tasting – the ‘Erste Lage’ are a group of 35 top wineries from the Wachau region and they will all be showing a range of their wines in the magnificent surroundings of the castle. Late afternoon check-in at 4 star Steigenberger Hotel and Spa our base for the next 2 nights. Free evening.
Day 4: Saturday 7th September
Wachau and History
Today we visit Nikolaihof winery who can trace their history back 2000 years! After a leisurely start we cross the river and make a brief stop at Gottwieg Abbey (which was founded in 1083!) to enjoy the wonderful views over the River Danube. Continuing to Nikolaihof we have a tour in their ancient cellars and tasting followed by lunch with more wines. This afternoon head back over the river to Krems and the family winery of Rainer Wess for a tour and tasting. Late afternoon return to hotel. Free evening.
Day 5: Sunday 8th September
River Cruise and More Wine
After breakfast, check-out and drive to the pier to board MS Austria for a river cruise from Krems to Spitz (1.5 hours). Arriving at Spitz we continue to the nearby winery of Maccherndl for a tour, tasting and ‘heurige-style’ lunch. Late afternoon transfer to Vienna Airport (1.5 hours) in time for British Airways 19.10 flight to London Heathrow.
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