Those of you new to Vienna are in for a treat. Around the end of summer, signs in café windows begin to advertise “sturm.” Sturm stands dot the first district, it’s on offer at beer gardens, and there are even entire refrigerated bins dedicated to it in some of the bigger grocery stores (Merkur on Krottenbachstrasse and Interspar in Q19, for example). What is this mysterious “sturm,” you ask?
Sturm is partially fermented wine, and is available in red and white. You can see in the picture that bottles of sturm are topped with tin foil rather than capped or stopped like other wine bottles. This is because the liquid is still fermenting: it’s still bubbling away even after it’s been bottled for sale. It tastes somewhere between grape juice and wine, in that it’s sweet but not as sweet as straight juice. It also comes in non-grape varieties:
If you are dying to try some sturm right this very moment, the Gelbmanns Gaststube at the Rathaus Film Fest is selling it by the glass. Otherwise, it will start to pop up around the city within the next couple weeks. Enjoy!