How could I forget to write about Spitz, Austria? This was the next stop on our river cruise after we left Germany and sailed on into beautiful Austria. We had to wind our way on this gorgeous part of the Danube where we had to make it through numerous locks until the water levels allowed us to move on. The scenery surrounding us was stunning with vine filled hills and pretty cathedrals and churches.
As we arrived in Spitz, a fog rolled in and it started to rain a bit. I was a bit disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to walk around the pretty town and some of the amazing looking vineyards but, I did have a full day planned with Martin Wicke, who was my guide for the day.
Martin drove us up to Gasthof Prankl, a family owned restaurant and inn that dates back to the 1600’s. The present owner, Martin Prankl sat down with the other Martin and me and I was served a dish with 3 different preparations of local red deer, one braised, one minced, one grilled and all tender and delicious. Then it was 3 different preparations of apricots one of this area’s most important products. There was a sorbet, a cake and a kind of dumpling and the guys tucked into the dish before I even could.
As I said, apricots are important here so it’s off to an apricot tasting. This took place in the town’s shipping museum, the Schifffahrtsmuseum with incredible displays and models of ships that portray the history of shipping on the Danube. Our tasting consisted of schnapps, a liquer, a jam and even an apricot kernel. They certainly love their apricots!
Our final stop is the award winning winery of Johann Donabaum. Owner and winemaker, Johann explains their strict methods of maintaining their wines quality and follow in the categories Steinfeder®, Federspiel® and Smaragd®. I get to taste some fresh and lively Gruner Veltliner as well as their most significant Riesling. Again, it’s too bad we can’t walk around the vineyards. To make up for that, Johann gave me (and each of my film crew) a bottle of Gruner to take with us.
Sadly, this was all we had time for on this short visit but it was fun and definitely tasty. Thanks Martin!
Cheers and all the best,