Friday, September 10, 2010

Melk and Kems wine tasting

My apologies to those following this Blog for the interruptions because of my holidays in Germany so I better finish off my travel in Eastern Europe first.

After the excitement of the salt mine and the tranquility of the lake view, we made our way to Vienna the next day. On the way, we stopped at Melk. This is by the bank of the river Danube and the town is most famous for the Baroque Benedictine abbey with beautiful interiors and ceiling paintings.

The garden outside the main gate

Exterior views of the Melk abbey

Some views of the interior.

We had lunch in the restaurant in the garden of the abbey. The food was good and from here we proceeded towards Vienna. On the way we pass through the vine growing area of Austria where the main town was Krems. We then stopped at a winery near Krems (can't remember the name of this winery) for a tour. This winery is pretty new and we enjoyed a state of the art presentation on their wine production in their modern theatre. In addition to the audio and visual element, it had an olfactory part where you can smell the fruits associated with the wine.

A winery visit is not complete without the customary wine tasting. In fact we had two sessions, one outdoor and another one indoor so everyone one us was a bit high after the visit.

From here, we continued our journey to Vienna.
Ronald Kwok.

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