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Wien and wine have formed a unit for centuries, and if the obvious similarity of the letters had not already existed, they would have had to be invented. The very mention of both words is likely to make many a visitor to Vienna feel like going to a wine tavern. Certainly, the Heuriger (= Buschenschank, Besenwirtschaft) was and is of great importance for wine and the city, but the great era of this institution has been over for a good 20 years. The death of the Heuriger is conspicuous, whereby most of the remaining establishments have basically become inns and sometimes almost restaurants. What has remained of the centuries-old tradition, however, is the unbroken association of cosiness combined with a gentle world-weariness - and, of course, the mixed sentence.