You know about Austrian wine… but do you know HOW to drink with Austrians?

As you probably have learned by now, Austrian wine culture is quite prominent throughout the country and you’ve probably developed your own appreciation for the wonderful grape, Gruener Veltliner- but would you know how to drink with an Austrian.

Here’s what you do:

Step 1: Make eye contact with each and every person involved in the drinking

Step 2: Exclaim “Prost,” “Prosit,” or “Zum Wohl,” all mean “to your health.” There are also a variety of other cheers that can be used (especially during a rowdy party,) but you’ll have to get these insider toasts from the Austrians.

Step 3: Develop an appreciation not only for the wines, but for the local beers and Schnaps of the country – you will most likely be offered a shot of Schnapps at the end of a meal as it is Austria’s favorite digestive. Be careful though, Schnapps are generally around 40% abv.

Step 4: Enjoy! The Austrians are wonderful drinking companions!

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One Comment on “You know about Austrian wine… but do you know HOW to drink with Austrians?”

  1. August 15, 2010 at 8:06 pm #

    Don’t forget gemutlichkeit, a unique German word which technically means coziness, but idiomatically,means the warm welcome, glad your hear, join the party nature of Austrian hospitality.

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