Wine, food and music are essential ingredients for the good life, but so are a roof over your head and people who care about you. With our four interviewees, you are in good hands
Working in nature makes you happy – to see how the plants grow and everything comes together. And when you make a product yourself, it is a real success.
Peter Wolff was destined to be a vintner. As a child, he would follow his parents around the vineyard and help them wherever he could. He was eager to learn and knew all the people working there by their first name.
Together with other members of the family, he now runs the vineyard Weingut Wolff and the family’s wine tavern, or Heuriger, in the 19th district. They produce a variety of wines, the most popular being the region’s typical Grüner Veltliner.
“To have some wine with some friends after a long day of work is a wonderful thing,” says Wolff. For the Viennese, he says, wine is an important part of the good life. For many, the presentation of the latest wine each fall is the best part of the year.
“I think it’s every vintner’s highlight to try the first wine each year. It’s about discovering what it tastes like, seeing if it turned out well and if the customers like it.”
After a busy day at Heuriger Wolff, which serves traditional Viennese food like Schweinsbraten and Knödel, the winemaker likes to retreat to his vineyard, which stretches all the way to the edge of the Wienerwald. “The best thing out here is that you can be by yourself,” he says. “This is one of the most beautiful regions in the country, with a great view of Vienna.”
Wolff is a straightforward man, which in combination with his relaxed, down-to-earth-manner, makes his company very pleasant. This is undoubtedly helpful when interacting with the many customers frequenting his Heuriger daily.
“Sometimes hungry people come in who are a little grumpy. But the really important thing is that everyone leaves happy.”