The composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a keen wine lover and a passionate visitor to the this year, He loved walks in nature and the wine bars in the wine villages around Wien, He once remarked to his friend and composer colleague Carl Maria Weber: "I love these parts of the country and the wine taverns." In addition to the "Viennese wines," he preferred Ofener mountain wine from Hungary. However, the red wine caused him problems, so prescribed his family doctor Gumpoldskirchner from the eponymous community in Lower Austria as medicine.
He often visited the Heuriger's taverns in the then Viennese suburbs Heiligenstadt, Grinzing, Sievering and Nussdorf (now 19th district Döbling). One of his many residences was in Heiligenstadt in Herrengasse 6. In 1802 he wrote the letter addressed to his brother, but never dispatched, in which he expressed his desperation about his progressive deafness, the "Heiligenstädter-Testament". At Pfarrplatz 2, Beethoven lived in the summer of 1817 and worked on the famous 9th Symphony. The 17th century listed building is preserved and houses the famous wine tavern Mayer at Pfarrplatz and is named after the ex-inhabitant "Beethovenhaus".
His last summer spent Beethoven 1826 on the estate of his brother John in the Lower Austrian community Gneixendorf in Kamptal, Already seriously ill, he wrote on February 22, 1827 to Schott's sons in Mainz : "My doctor orders me to drink very good old Rhine wine, send me a small number bottles of . " In response, the dispatch of" precious Rüdesheim mountain wines from 1806 "confirmed. Supposedly in his doctor Dr. Malfatti advised to champagne or Moselle wine. Presumably, he therefore allowed or recommended alcohol for him to raise him spiritually, because in truth, it was already coming to an end. On March 24, four bottles of wine arrived from Mainz, at the sight of which Beethoven muttered his supposedly last words: "Pity, too bad, too late." He died on March 26 in the afternoon. The well-known internist and author Univ. Prof. Dr. Anton Neumayer writes: "Beethoven's liver cirrhosis (as a cause of death) is almost certainly the result of damage from regular alcohol consumption." Beethoven was certainly not a real one alcoholic but he has been drinking alcohol almost daily since his youth.