Austrian Society Heuriger Held at Priest House

| September 30, 2013
View over terraced vineyards to Duernstein, Austria, a picturesque town on the Danube river and one of the wine centers in the Wachau.

View over terraced vineyards to Duernstein, Austria, a picturesque town on the Danube river and one of the wine centers in the Wachau.

The Austrian Society of St. Louis held its own heuriger on Sunday, Sept. 22 at the H. Sam Priest House on the Webster Groves campus. A heuriger is a wine tavern popular in Vienna in which wine-growers serve the most recent year’s wines. This modified heuriger served Austrian wine and homemade foods to attendees prepared by society members.

For the last few years, Webster University has been hosting the annual event that showcases Austrian culture. During the formal part of the event, Dennis Joerger, president of the Austrian Society, thanked the University for its hospitality.

Event host Guillo Rodríguez, representing Webster’s International Programs and the Office of Study Abroad,  highlighted the university’s Vienna campus, which opened in 1978, which provides a high standard of education in Austria, giving students from all over the world the opportunity to experience the benefits of an American education. It is an education with an international focus, with students from more than 70 different countries, and faculty from 20 countries.

The Austrian Society in St. Louis has about 80 active members. Its objectives include encouraging and supporting friendship between St. Louis and Austria, promoting understanding of Austrian culture, and assisting in bringing educational programs about Austrian arts, science, and business to the St. Louis region. It is estimated that the St. Louis region has 200,000 to 250,000 people that can claim some Austrian heritage, usually in association with German ancestry.

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