The composer Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) was a pronounced wine lover and passionate visitor to the Heuriger. He loved walks in nature and the wine bars in the wine villages around Vienna. He once remarked to his friend and composer colleague Carl Maria Weber: "I love these country parts and the Heurigen Besides the "Viennese wines" he preferred the Ofen mountain wine from Hungary. But the red wine caused him problems, so his family doctor Gumpoldskirchner from the community of the same name in Lower Austria prescribed it as medicine.
He frequently visited wine tavern pubs in the former Viennese suburbs of Heiligenstadt, Grinzing, Sievering and Nussdorf (today 19th district of Döbling). One of his many residences was in Heiligenstadt in Herrengasse 6, where he wrote the "Heiligenstadt Testament" in 1802, a letter addressed to his brother but never sent, in which he expressed his despair about his progressive deafness. 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, houses the famous Heuriger Mayer at Pfarrplatz and is named "Beethovenhaus" after the former resident.
Beethoven spent his last summer in 1826 at the estate of his brother Johann in the Lower Austrian community of Gneixendorf in the Kamptal valley. Already seriously ill, he wrote to Schott's sons in Mainz on February 22, 1827: "My doctor prescribes that I drink very good, old Rhine wine, send me a small amount of bouteille." In reply, the dispatch of "precious Ruedesheim mountain wine from 1806" was confirmed. Allegedly his doctor, Dr. Malfatti, advised him to drink champagne or Moselle wine. Presumably, he has allowed or recommended alcohol to him in order to lift him up mentally, because in truth it was already coming to an end. On March 24, four bottles of wine arrived from Mainz, and at the sight of them Beethoven murmured his supposedly last words: "Pity, pity, too late." He died in the afternoon of March 26. 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 caused by regular alcohol consumption Beethoven was certainly not a true alcoholic, but he had been consuming alcohol almost daily since his youth.