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Simon Schubert and Thomas Reither are two prominent representatives of the young Viennese sommelier scene. Their restaurants, the one-star "aend" and the two-star restaurant "Mraz&Sohn", stand for uninhibited cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. Alexander Lupersböck talked to them about the mood of the guests after the lockdown.

Has the number of visitors changed compared to the time before the pandemic? They both answer that the rush has become much bigger than initially suspected. At the "aend" the high summer months are already fully booked, the "Mraz&Sohn" is even booked up to two months in advance, according to Reither. While in the first phase of the reopening more expensive bottles were ordered than before, consumption has now returned to a "very good quality and price level". "People have not changed, not personally and not in their drinking behaviour," is Thomas Reither's assessment of the post-Corona turnover. Simon Schubert, Sommelier of the Year 2020, has observed, however, that "many things that were previously taken for granted and suddenly no longer possible, such as a visit to the inn, are again being perceived more consciously. Guests don't necessarily consume more expensive or more, but they engage more intensively with the wine they ordered."