Wednesday 4 November 2020

60,000 Bottles of Wine, 6 Wine Cellars - A Visit to Palais Coburg Vienna

Recently I was lucky enough to have a private tour of the Palais Coburg wine cellars in Vienna, which house 60,000 bottles (give or take) of wines from a double magnum of Romanee-Conti 2004 to 1845 Tokaji to 1945 Chateau Mouton Rothschild to Sassicaia, Sine Qua Non and beyond.  I'm sure there are more reasonably priced and more every-day bottles in this incredible series of wine rooms which serve the luxury all-suite hotel that the Palais Coburg has become, but I have to confess I passed them by.

'The Palais Coburg was originally owned by the Kohary branch of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha.  Designed in 1839 by architect Karl Schleps in Neoclassical style, and built from 1840 to 1845 by Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha atop the Braunbastei (Brown Bastion), a part of the Vienna city defences dating to 1555. It is nicknamed the Spargelburg ("castle of asparagus") for its central portico with many freestanding columns.' 

The palatial hotel has 33 suites and it was the venue for the historic Iran nuclear deal reached on 14 July 2015.

Inside you can see a map of the original walled city on the floor near the entrance, plus some of the original walls, down near the cellars.  Click here to read the full history of the Palais Coburg.  Down in the wine cellars there are different cellars for French Wines, New World Wines, Old World Wines, Chateau d'Yquem, Rare Wines, and Champagne.  Inevitably after one tour of all of these wonders you really need a lie down or a strong drink - there is so much to take in.




Highlights for me were the superb bottles of Chateau d'Yquem, the Chateau Mouton Rothschild, particularly the 1945 and 1982, the collection of venerable Austrian wines and surprisingly some very rare (and very expensive) bottles of Sine Qua Non from California.

Having visited several of the excellent wine stores in Vienna, where you can actually buy the wine and take it away with you, as opposed to drinking these legendary wines in one of the two restaurants at the Palais Coburg or at one of their events I saw many excellent wines, some expensive, some very reasonably priced, from Spain, Italy, France and Austria (and managed to taste quite a few, coming up next).

However I have never seen a collection such as this one and if you're a wine lover and you visit Vienna you should try and see this legendary collections of the greatest wines in the world.