The composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a pronounced wine lover and passionate visitor to the this year, He loved nature walks 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 the Hungarian mountain wine from Hungary. The red wine caused him problems, however, so his family doctor prescribed him Gumpoldskirchner from the community of the same name in Lower Austria as medicine.
He frequently visited wine taverns in the former Vienna suburbs of Heiligenstadt, Grinzing, Sievering and Nussdorf (now the 19th district of Döbling). One of his many residences was in Heiligenstadt at Herrengasse 6. Here in 1802 he wrote the letter addressed to his brother, but never sent, in which he expressed his despair at his progressing deafness, the "Heiligenstadt Testament". Beethoven lived at Pfarrplatz 2 in the summer of 1817 and worked on the famous 9th Symphony. The 17th-century, listed building has been preserved unchanged and is home to the well-known Heuriger Mayer at Pfarrplatz and is named "Beethoven House" after the ex-inhabitant.
Beethoven spent his last summer at his brother Johann's estate in the Lower Austrian community of Gneixendorf in 1826 Kamptal, Already seriously ill, he wrote to Schott's sons on February 22, 1827 Mainz : "My doctor ordered me to drink very good, old Rhine wine, send me a small number bottles of . " In reply was the dispatch of" precious Rüdesheimer mountain wine of 1806 ”confirmed. Apparently his doctor Dr. Malfatti come with champagne or Moselle wine. This is probably why he allowed or recommended alcohol to him, in order to straighten him up, because in truth it was already coming to an end. On March 24, four bottles of wine from Mainz arrived, at the sight of which Beethoven murmured his supposedly last words: "Too bad, too late." He died on March 26th in the afternoon. The well-known internist and author Univ. Prof. Dr. Anton Neumayer writes: "Beethoven's cirrhosis of the liver (as the cause of death) is almost certainly the result of damage from regular alcohol consumption." Beethoven was certainly not a real one alcoholic, but he had been drinking alcohol almost every day since he was young.