Viennese Escargots – Gugumuck

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Andreas G.

Andreas grew up on the farm

Helga Gugumuck’s sons Andreas (center, in front of the pigsty) and Alexander grew up on the farm. Initially, neither was interested in taking over the farm. Alexander got his master’s in business, and Andreas worked as a computer specialist.

Andreas in the middle at the age of 3.

NEW OPTIONS FOR THE FARM

From childhood on, Andreas was interested in the history of the Gugumuck Farm and his ancestors. He thought for a long time about options for his grandmother Leopoldine’s farm. The idea to cultivate snails was born when he stumbled across an escargot cookbook by Andreas Sievers. This is where he first read about the long tradition of escargot delicacies in Austria, and about the Vienna escargot market.

First drive on the old Steyrer tractor

ANDREAS TURNS HIS BACK ON IT

No sooner said than done. When Andreas won the 2009 Young Farmers Innovation Award for his escargot farm – which had initially been only a sideline – from the Ministry of Agriculture, his mind was made up. It was time to leave IT. Andreas took on his grandmother Leopoldine’s farm. Today, Andreas is known throughout Austria for the “Vienna Escargot” he raises in Rothneusiedl in southern Vienna.

Out by the snail field

PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS

Prestigious awards for his Vienna Escargot farm soon began rolling in.

  • 2011 The Arc of Taste Award from the International Slow Food Commission
  • 2012 Gourmet Trophy – An award from the Austrian restaurant, hotel, and wine industries
  • 2012 Best Young Farmer of Europe Award from the European Parliament

 

After receiving the Best Young Farmer of Europe Award with Elisabeth Köstinger, Member of the EU Parliament

A MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILY

Andreas lives together with Maria, the two children Lena and Sebastian, and his mother Helga and Aunt Elizabeth on the Gugumuck Farm.

Lena, Maria, Sebastian, Andreas, his mother Helga, and Aunt Elizabeth