For a long time I was looking to taste Austrian cider and what better way to do that than to visit a traditional Heuriger in the Mostviertel region?
The name Mostviertel comes from the apple and pear must (or heavy juice) made there. The lands between the Rivers Ybbs and Enns enjoy favorable conditions for growing fruit trees and are therefore the heart of a flourishing must industry. Typical in the Mostviertel are vast meadows of mixed orchards surrounding a farmhouse, in the center of which is usually a square courtyard, and the lightly rolling foothills of the Alps.
We stopped for the night at Perbersdorfer Heuriger, a very lovely and charming hotel/restaurant/heuriger a couple of kilometers away from the E60 (Vienna – Salzburg) autobahn. It is a couple hundred meters away from Neuhofen an der Ybbs.
Neuhofen an der Ybbs is a municipality in the district of Amstetten in Lower Austria in Austria. It lies in the Mostviertel in the hills north of the Hochkogel at the foot of the Kornberg. Despite its name, it does not lie directly on the Ybbs River. About 20 percent of the municipality is forested.
The area is nice and quiet, with a couple of running paths and routes, a lot of small wheat and corn fields, numerous cattle farms, etc. It is a very zen area if you are looking to escape city noise and traffic.
Delicious food at very reasonable prices, good service and great cider & must.
For many years, must has been held in the greatest cultural importance in this region and is seen as an identifying characteristic. Most must production is used in homemade meals, pastries, schnaps, and other cooking. The variety of musts is large; there is a clear difference between apple must and pear must, but also a common form that is a mixture of the two.