Wine glasses and white tablecloths set out on tables in the main street of Gumpoldskirchen, Audis and the occasional Ferrari and Maserati parked discretely nearby. Traditional folk singer and fiddle on a small stage. A modern-day and Austrian scene out of Breughel or a set for Die Meistersinger. Next night, the rock band turn up and it all changes. A baccanale with cracking bass and drums, mighty brass and a singer whipping the crowd on to their feet on the cobbled streets: Skolka play Gumpoldskirchen Weinfest.
Gumpoldskirchen vineyards are developing progressive wines from innovative grape varietals so it’s only fitting that Gumpoldskirchen Weinfest offers a stylish combination of a tradition and the new.
The restaurants and producers set up stalls and tables in the main street fpr ear8ng and drinking from midday until after dark. The organisers provide a variety of entertainments, We saw a traditional fiddle and accordion group and a couple of rock bands, in the broadest sense.
Skolka describe themselves as a Ska and Polka band and have a large following in the area, they played Gumpoldskirchen Weinfest also last year. This set was family-friendly with lots of audience participation.
On the wines, I enjoyed a Classik red, St Laurent and Pinot Noir with my salad of Chanterelles. My friend Wolf enjoyed a Classik White with his cold cucumber soup, very welcome after an afternoon of temperatures in the thirties. We followed with Chicken Schnitzel and then a chocolate layer dessert.
I couldn’t find any local Auslese but we enjoyed some very acceptable dessert wines based on Zinfandel before enjoying a view of The Plough in the clear night sky on our walk home.