Vineyards between two wine villages
The road between the two winery centers of Lower Austria is about 11 km long and takes us into a beautiful rolling landscape full of vineyards, meadows and fields. Everything is in sight from our southern border near Mikulov. An undemanding journey can be made more pleasant by tasting local great wines.
Our journey begins in the northern part of Poysdorf by the main road leading to Mikulov. Thousands of cars and trucks used to drive here, but from the moment it leads from Vienna almost to our motorway border, it is relatively quiet. The local attraction is an open-air gallery, located just off the road. We meet a number of celebrities here.
We continue to the center of the village, which is dominated by the Church of St. John the Baptist. Vineyards start right above the church, below it are alleys where we can find several wine cellars, a small amphitheater (used at various wine festivals) and we can take an excursion to a company specializing in the production of sparkling wines.
Viticulture has always been and still is an important part of the city. Grapevines have been grown here since the beginning of the 14th century, and the town emblem has two carriers with vines. The road towards Falkenstein leads along Keller Gasse, an alley full of old cellars, one of which is always open and invites you to taste a delicious drink.
Poysdorf is surrounded by about 1400 hectares of vineyards. Typical varieties include Veltlínské zelené, Ryzlink vlašský and Sylvánské zelené. On the outskirts of the city there is a nice hotel surrounded by vineyards with the distinctive name Hotel Veltliner. In addition to wine lovers, there are also golfers who can use the 18-hole course, which is again attractively located between the vineyards.
Wooden signposts with the inscription „Falkenstein“ lead us unmistakably through a lovely landscape. In the middle of the fields and vineyards we find a small isolated cellar with the inscription „Rast – station Fuchsenberg“. Inside are wine bottles, glasses, water. We choose a bottle, we pay the required amount in the prepared money box. And then we just enjoy the great Veltlin…
Landscape of Lower Austria
The next part of the journey leads us by climbing the forest areas. After overcoming them, we find ourselves in the Falkenstein part, again among the vineyards with beautiful views of the wine-growing landscape.
We are approaching the goal of our journey. In addition to the vineyard, we are also greeted by sunflowers on the edge of the village. The main landmark of Falkenstein is the ruins of a castle, originally built around 1050.
Not only Poysdorf, but also Falkenstein has its own cellar street. It is called Eiergasse, „the place where wine lives“. There are 65 wineries with two hollow cellars in two rows. Most of them date from the 19th century. How else can you end a great trip than compare the production of two cities where there is no shortage of good wine.
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