In a city that prides itself on its quality delicacies—from world-famous pastries and chocolates to jams and sausages—and the craftsmanship of its culinary artisans, third-generation vinegar brewer Erwin Gegenbauer, Jr. has made his mark with creative, distilled concoctions. The Gegenbauer stand at the Naschmarkt offers at least 30 kinds of vinegars and the selection is constantly expanding: wine vinegars, fruit vinegars, beer vinegars, drinking vinegars and balsamic vinegars.
Gegenbauer pushes the limits with fruit varieties that include melon, apricot, black currant, fig, plum, quince, sour cherry and tomato. A rare specialty is the eight-year old “Balsamic Vinegar M” made from the Muskat Ottonel grape.
All these precious liquids are stored and displayed in glass balloon flasks or wooden barrels and are dispensed into small bottles for customers to savor at home. Hard-core foodies won’t want to forgo the guided tour of Gegenbauer’s vinegar brewery, ending in a mouth watering (and puckering) vinegar tasting.