Heurigen - ABC

- a small dictionary for Heurigen-visitors!

Achte(r) l: 0.125 liters of wine. When standing, it is called "Steh-Achterl", if you want to go and yet can not tear yourself away "Escape Achterl".

"Ausg'steckt", Ausg'steckt is: The periodic opening of a wine bar. It is indicated  by a pine-tree bush (wreath, straw star, etc.), which is attached to a pole and hangs over the outer front door. This explains the terms "Ausg'steckt ist" (a slang term = "it is sticked out") and "Buschenschank". There are various forms and variations: green signs: treetop (ribbon-decorated trees), green wreath, green bush, straw and wooden signs: straw wreath (straw, straw sun), straw scrape and straw bundles, straw plait, straw lights, curled wooden planks and wooden six-stars.

Buschenschank: other name for the "Heuriger"

a selection of popular "Heurigen"-food:

  • Blunz'n: blood sausage
  • Bratlfett'n: dripping pork roast (spread)
  • G'selchtes: roast pork
  • G'selchtes: smoked pork
  • Fleischlaberl: meatballs, meatballs, (also: minced patties)
  • Erdäpfelsalat: potato salad ("earth-apple-salad")
  • Grammeln: greaves
  • Knofelschmalzbrot: lard bread with garlic (typical Heurigenspeise)
  • Stelze: pork knuckle
  • Topfen: cottage cheese

G'mischter Satz (mixed movement): Wine from different grape varieties that are together in a vineyard and are read and processed together.

G'spritzer: Wine 1: 1 mixed with soda or mineral water.

Heuriger: The word has two meanings: The Heurige (this year's wine) is the wine of the last year (the last vintage). The "Heurige" is also the tavern, where the wine-grower gives his wine out this year. On the feast day of St. Martin (November 11) we get served the wine of the last harvest for the first time  (in many places there is the "baptism of wine" instead) the wine of the previous vintage is now the "old" (the old wine).

Kellergasse ("cellar lane"): If  the wine cellars are not in the house, but usually created at the edge of the village, one next to each other, one speaks of a Kellergasse.

Schwips: beginning drunkenness

Sturm ("Storm"): In Austria, the term means new wine, names like" Federweißer" or "spring red" like in germany are not used. According to wine law, in Austria, the partially fermented grape juice is always called "Sturm", no matter which color it has. Also there are some regional specialties with their own names: In East Austria, one distinguishes still the dusty Sturm, which represents the next stage of maturity from the storm to the fully riped wine. Watch out!- Sturm is a very tricky drink due to it's sweetness and high alcohol content you don't taste at all- additionally the amount of natural sugar it contains don't wonder about headaches the next day if you consume it alot!

Tscherchern: to drink heavily 

Weinheber (wine lifter): device to remove wine from the barrel to taste it