Thursday, January 26, 2012

Zum Schwarzen Kameel - The Ultimate Classic of Viennese Wine Bars, Vienna, Austria

Picture: Zum Schwarzen Kameel

This historic establishment was founded originally by a spice merchant in 1619. It has been one of the city's best places to enjoy a glass of wine for the last century.

Outdoor seating and the bar area are casual while a more formal sit-down atmosphere can be enjoyed in the restaurant. The restaurant focuses on fine Viennese tradition. The sandwiches are also legendary.

Picture: Zum Schwarzen Kameel

The wine list is broad, and includes also excellent examples from all the major wine growing regions of the world.

Pictures: The Bar Area

This is the ultimate classic of Viennese wine bars, where you can enjoy modern versions of local classics at very reasonable prices.

Pictures: What we ate at Zum Schwarzen Kameel: Saibling (Euro 29), Gulasch (Euro 22) and Nachtisch (Euro12)

For more wine bars in Vienna go to: Schiller’s Favorite Spots to Drink Wine in Vienna, Austria on schiller-wine.

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  1. Excuse the contradiction, but Zum Schwarzen Kameel is not a wine bar. Every Austrian restaurant has a "broad" wine list, because Austrians drink a lot of wine, primarily Austrian wine. The back room is a restaurant, and the front serves wine and beer and the primary focus (which you didn't even mention or photograph) is the Brötchen-which literally means "little bread"-are finger sandwiches with different spreads for which Vienna is famous. If you want to mention Austrian wine bars, the two top in Vienna are Unger & Klein and Wein & Co.

  2. Erika, yes, you have a point. Zum Schwarzen Kameel is much more than a wine bar. But I was most interested in the wine bar aspect of Zum Schwarzen Kameel.

    I am in the process of updating my posting Schiller’s Favorite Spots to Drink Wine in Vienna, Austria Any suggestions?

  3. Off the top of my head, Unger & Klein, Weinachtel, Wein & Co (esp the one opposite the Naschmarkt), wine bar in the cellar at Julius Meinl, a few choice Heurigen-not tourist-y spots in Grinzing-my favorite is Heurige Wieninger in Stammersdorf-excellent wine and very good food. And for the best Gasthaus in Vienna, with the best food and a terrific wine list-Gasthaus Gruenauer in the 7th district.

  4. Erika, thanks very much. Meinl is coming up as a posting about wine bars in Vienna in the next few weeks. I have not been to Fritz Wieninger's Heurigen, but I met Fritz last year in Vienna. I will include Gruenauer in my updated list. Can I refer to you? Thanks. Christian

  5. Gourmet Dinning with beautiful presentations and excellent service. Plus a slice of Historic Vienna is the Black Camel.
    The Restaurant has been in business since 1618 and owned by the same family. Kings, Queens, Presidents, Diplomats and Mozart have dinned there. And even my Daughter, Lady and on several occasions. And each one has been as wonderful as the previous.
    The Maitre d' Hotel, Johann is exceptional. With his 19th Century attire and unique personality he brings a colorful flare
    to the dinning experience. The waiters and waitress under his tutelage make sure all Dinners are treated as Diplomats.
    It is an dinning experience you will always remember in Austria. Let Johann choose the Wine!
    J. Eldon Yates, West Virginia, USA

  6. Thanks J. Eldon for this great comment. Christian

  7. My pleasure. We dinned with you again December 2012

  8. Dr. Schiller
    I suggest you attend a wine tasting Diner in Timonium, Md. The Wine and food at each Dinner I have attended in three years have been excellent, or very close to it. Only one Vintners offerings were marginal.
    It also provides Wine devotees and opportunity to meet a talk with the Vintners.
    Note that I have no fiduciary interest in this event.
    The next on is May 21.
    Chateau Ste Michelle Wine Dinner
    By: Cranbrook Liquors (Mon, Apr/29/2013 04:46)
    Please Pardon Our Mistake!!! See Below for **UPDATED** Menu!

    Please join Christopher Daniel Restaurant and Cranbrook Liquors for a Pacific Northwest wine dinner! We will be featuring some of Chateau Ste. Michelle's most notable wines and will be guided through the evening with the winery's winemaker, Ray McKee. Dinner will feature a four-course menu and will take place at
    Christopher Daniel
    106 W Padonia Road
    Timonium, MD 21093

    on Tuesday, May 21st
    Reception begins at 6:30pm


    Assorted small plates butlered
    Chateau Ste. Michelle "Columbia Valley" Pinot Gris

    First Course
    Crispy Duck Salad with Sumac, Cashews, Green Papaya Slaw and a Chile
    Mint and Thai Basil Dressing
    Eroica Riesling, Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Ernst Loosen

    Second Course
    Housemade Tortellini with Braised Pork Belly, Asparagus and Heirloom Tomatoes
    Chateau Ste. Michelle "Indian Wells" Red Blend

    Third Course
    Duo of Pan Seared Venison and Grilled Tenderloin of Beef with Bleu Cheese Potato Foam, Long
    Beans and Veal Reduction
    Chateau Ste. Michelle "Ethos" Cabernet Sauvignon

    Fourth Course
    Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee Cream Puffs with Banana Anglaise and Seasonal Berries
    Chateau Ste. Michelle "Harvest Select" Riesling

    It is only $75 per person, all inclusive!
    Please RSVP to Cranbrook Liquors at 410-666-8248 by Friday, May 17th.
    J. Eldon Yates
    West Virginia