The "Lindobelgasse" in Rohrendorf bei Krems has a length of 1.650 meters and is Austria's longest cellar alley.

At the start of the alley you see the Lenz Moser monument. Lenz Moser III. has been a vintner living and working in Rohrendorf. He invented the high-culture system of wine training.

Although his family's winery that bears the name Weinkellerei Lenz Moser was not involved in the 1985 diethylene glycol wine scandal the winery who has been very export-oriented made big losses as a result of the bad image of Austria's wine industry after the scandal and had to be sold to a trading company. The Weinkellerei Lenz Moser is located right of the cellar alley.

Lenz Moser's descendents now operate the Demeter-certified biodynamic winery Sepp Moser which is located in the "Atriumhaus", a roman-style house left of the cellar alley.

As you might know, Austria implemented very strict regulations and control-mechanisms after the scandal. Austria's wine industry recovered and is now internationally recognized for high-quality wines.

But let's now walk up the "Lindobelgasse". At the beginning of the alley you see two information columns - four more are going to follow.

Some wine cellars have interesting paintings,…

Some are just tunnels digged into the Loess and closed with a wooden door.

In the cellar alley, there are in total 72 wine cellars.

Right before the Weingut Kitzler you can walk up in the vineyards…

and enjoy a beautiful view over the alley to the village of Rohrendorf. Far behind you can see Göttweig Abbey.

After about one kilometer the Lindobelgasse makes a left turn. Before you continue following the cellar abbey you can make a little detour and walk up in straight direction to the "Rotes Kreuz".

"Rotes Kreuz" means "Red Cross", but it has nothing to do with the humanitarian organization. It is just a wayside cross painted in red. Red painted wayside crosses are quite common in this area of Austria.

After this small detour you can go back to Lindobelgasse and follow in western direction.

At the end of the alley you see a madonna statue called "Maria am Berg" (Mary on the mountain). You can now walk down the mountain in southern direction in a street called "Viehtrift" (cattle drive track).

After some hundred meters you can turn right and make another detour in a track called "Kleiner Gelblingweg". Right behind the small yellow hut…

you can see the "Heinz-Conrads-Tor". This gate remind's of Heinz Conrads, a famous Austrian actor, singer and TV host, who symbolically "closed" the vineyards of Lenz Moser after the vine harvest in November 1968.

Afterwards you can go back to Viehtrift and walk down to the starting point.

A good completion of this hike can be the visit of a Heurigen in Rohrendorf. Please take a look at the village's website to see which Heurigen is currently opened.

A detailled German description of this hike including a map with all waypoints can be found on my weblog!