Hotel Almhof Schneider

“Discreet luxury” is the watchword at Almhof Schneider, a luxury hideaway in the Austrian Alps.

The hotel houses two restaurants—the Almhof Schneider and the Wunderkammer—offering slightly different experiences but both, in the words achieving the stated aim of providing “refined, contemporary Alpine and Austrian cuisine.”

The hotel’s wine list fits into the ambience perfectly, with a wonderful compilation of classical local and international wines balanced with appealing to contemporary fashions.

“Discreetly luxurious” it may be in its presentation, but that doesn’t diminish the wow factor as guests leaf through its 46 pages of bins.

The judges at the World’s Best Wine Lists 2015 were drooling over the comprehensive selection of Austria’s starriest names, featuring numerous rare and mature vintages, red and white, from across the country.

But on a list that is a pleasure to browse, the judges were no less impressed by, among others, the classed-growth Burgundy and Bordeaux, the grower and Grande Marque Champagne, and the superbly detailed compilation of German wine.