Don’t Trust Your Google Maps

Location:Der Sommerheurigen von Kurt Pröglhöf
Address:Am Goldbieglberg 5, 2380 Perchtoldsdorf
Status:Open (last checked on 7 October 2015)
Eaten:"Hauerjause," a glass of Welschriesling, Grüner Veltliner and Pinot Blanc

If you trust Google Maps, including the one shown on this Heuriger’s website, then in the best case you, like me, will spend almost two hours pointlessly wandering about. In the worst case you will try to break into a private house with all the consequences. The secret is that Google interprets the address as Goldbieglgasse 5, which is, needless to say, not the place you need. What you do need is to walk up the Elisabethstrasse, turn left to Liechtensteinpromenade and then left again. Oh, and don’t believe the reviews on the Net promising you a great view over Vienna. In reality, the Heuriger is facing the opposite direction, so all you can expect is a not-very-good view of Mödling. The vineyards are quite nice though.

Getting lost could almost be forgotten had the Brettljause been exceptional. Unfortunately it’s not. It’s better than what you get in most places in Vienna, but it’s very far from the sausage wonders of Mostviertel. It is quite unusual however, including, in addition to the obligatory Kümmelbratten, Speck and Blunzen a significant amount of pork jelly. The meats look and taste non-industrial, but the Speck contained tiny bones, which always puts me off big time. Also included is a salty sausage, cut in two pieces on the long side (very stupid idea, by the way, because you end up chewing more of the skin and less of the meat). There is no cheese whatsoever, but this is generously compensated by three salty cucumbers, three tomatoes (of cocktail type but big ones) and two very hot peppers. There is also very strong horseradish (good) and mustard from a small packet (boo). At nine and a half Euros it’s a rather expensive Brettljause for what it includes, even with the complimentary Schnapps (which never arrived).

The location is simple and quite beautiful in a way, being rather hidden and quiet. The service is very friendly, and sitting there reading and having one glass after another is thoroughly enjoyable. From the Brettljause point of view, however, it’s worth one visit but hardly more.

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