“Come into the apple garden“, is written in big, colourful letters across the apple company car of Albert & Vera Leeb. Those two are a really sweet couple, even though “my wife says I should not do the guided tours because .. well, I am just too outspoken, you know, I will always talk controversy no matter what.” Albert answers with a grin and yet manages to stand his man. He just loves to be in his apple orchard in the Northern Burgenland lake district. On this day, we stand and become enchanted here with him, taking in the scent of fresh apples, filling our boxes and simply relax during the harvest season. Oh, heavenly pleasures! Those spending too much time in front of the computer or in the office do forget the happiness that lies in the simple things of life and nature. We are therefore all the more alert, Monika & Petar of TravelWorldOnline, Máximo of TravellingForYou, Ursula aka “Toursula” and me, on this beautiful autumn day. Video cam, Instagram for iPhone or landscape photography & locally inspired poetry: Here is what we can share from our recent visit to the apple orchard in Burgenland.
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Have you ever been … invited to a private vinegar & juice tasting?!
They come, see and conquer: Family Hirmann are a true example of typical, Burgenland hospitality. In just no time, they have conquered our hearts with their welcoming attitude, allowing us into every little area of their production of juices and fruit vinegar. Do you know what I really love about travelling with the locals – one of my top travel categories on this blog? You are always right inside their kitchens, houses, homes and workshops, entering their hearts, way of thinking, literally everything else. On this special occasion, we have come to appreciate what is totally normal for the family Hirmann in their South Burgenland home town Rudersdorf: Turning quince, apples or pears into beautiful juice & vinegar. Do you know just how good wild garlic or beer vinegar tastes, let alone the smell & taste of freshly squeezed apple & pear juices?! Oh man. To die for!
Moving from vinegar to wine: Purbach near Lake Neusiedl is home to one of the most modern wine shops of Europe. We visit “Haus Am Kellerplatz”!
“A cooling device like this, including an automated vending machine using nitrogen and exact measurements, is totally state-of-the-art high technology and comes up to a worth of 12.000 Euros.” Wow! We do need our time, though, to “warm” to the new, ultra-modern cooling boxes here at “Haus Am Kellerplatz” where the team hands us a chip card each.
Purbach has become inspired by other wine tourism destinations, such as Italy, and imported the expensive machines especially for the wine-savvy clientele of the local area wine shop here. “The big advantage is that we do not have leftovers any more, everybody enters the exact amount of what they want to taste and this is being deducted from the pre-loaded chip card”, the system is revealed to us. Makes sense: Off we go trying our card which still holds more than 10 Euros of wine tasting-worth! We “order” from bottles all over Burgenland, Ursula demonstrating how it works:
Fancy knowing more about Burgenland & what more treasures you can find there? Visit my article page featuring the youngest province of Austria & let yourselves be inspired: