The Seven Communities set-up after the expulsion of Jews from Leopoldstadt in the 17th Century were known as the Sheva Kehillot, which hosted prominent rabbis. The Burgenland Province, about an hour from Vienna offers an excellent selection of wine varietals and vineyards/villas dating back to the Roman era. The seven communities, in today’s towns of Eisenstadt, Mattersburg, Kobersdorf, Lackenbach, Frauenkirchen, Kittsee, and Deutschkreutz, had vibrant Jewish life up until 1938 and many had Jewish populations numbering up to 40-50% at some point. As I and my family reside in the town of Frauenkirchen on the weekends, the Jewish population increases by 4 (after 1945, the only Jewish resident of Frauenkirchen to return was Paul Rosenfeld 1918-2003. Mönchof, a small wine-growing town next to the aforementioned Frauenkirchen, boasts of an excellent winemaker specializing in Organic and Kosher wines. As such, a wine tasting tour at the local Kosher Winemaker, Hafner, is possible.
In the 1980s, a burial site of a two year old child was found which dated to around The 3rd century A.D. Beside the child’s remains, archaeologists found a golden amulet inscribed with the Hebrew prayer “Shma Yisroel” or Hear O’Israel, one of the most important lines in Jewish prayer.
The site is in Burgenland, a town of Halbturn, an area which was the Pannonia province of the Roman Empire in ancient times. This seems to be the oldest “Jewish” find in present-day Austria, and doesn’t negate the possibility that Jews set foot at the Roman fort of Vindobona, which grew into the city of Vienna. https://www.jewishnews.at/jewish-news-from-austria-20/listen-israel-in-burgenland-during-roman-times.html