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Designation for mostly in rhyme form old folk sayings about the Weather and the usually drastic positive or negative consequences for agriculture. Based on past experience, predictions are made. They have evolved over centuries through close observation of natural events and have been passed down from generation to generation. The forecasts often refer to a so-called Lostag. Lostage (also Lurtage) are fixed days in the calendar, according to ancient folk belief predictions about the weather conditions of the following weeks, months and less of the coming year allow the best time of various agricultural activities (such as sowing or harvesting) determine and predictions over the allow expected harvest.

Bauernregeln - If Epiphany is bright and clear, there's good wine in the new year!

The term "Lostag" derives from "Los", an old word for "fate". During the determination of the Lostage one oriented oneself often on the name days or anniversaries (usually days of death) catholic saints. An example is St. Gallus, where in ancient times the vintage should be finished (16 October). This day was also the end of the temporary work for the former Weingarten guardian, The respectability or correctness of peasant rules has always been called into question what with sayings like "Crows the cock of dung, the weather changes - or it stays as it is" documented. Statistical investigations in the 1990s revealed an astonishingly high degree of accuracy, taking into account the area of origin of the respective farmers' rule. Taking into account the 10-day date shift resulting from the introduction of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, supporters even believe that the degree of reliability increases.

However, the scientific explanation for the high accuracy of the Lostage supply the large-scale weather conditions, which start early or return with high probability annually. The Lostage show only statistical relationships. The weather is not based on them, there is no causal relationship. The probability is between 60 and 90% for individual lost days. By contrast, weather forecasts for the next week are only over 50%. The reason is also that in the former case, often only very general 50:50 statements (rain, does not rain), in the second case, however, far more complex predictions are made. Scientifically, the peasant rules are the area of Esoteric assigned.

In viticulture there are also numerous farmers rules or Lostage. These do not necessarily conform to the rules of general agriculture. Rain at the time of the vintage, for example, is undesirable to the winemaker, but it can be beneficial for a farmer who grows other crops. An example is the saying: "September rain - the farmer's blessing, the winegrower's poison when he meets him." It is striking that grain and wine often have a "common destiny". And now 100 Winzerregeln / Lostage from January to December:

  • Is Epiphany bright and clear, there's good wine in the new year (January 6)
  • Does that have Vinzenz Flood, it is not good for the wine (January 22)
  • To Vincenzen sunshine - brings a lot of grain and wine (January 22)
  • Come to St. Vinzenz Sonnenschein, fill the barrel with good wine (January 22)
  • On the day Vincent, every vine must drift (January 22)
  • At St. Paul's sunshine, brings in cellar a lot of fruit and wine (January 25)
  • Bring Martina sunshine, hoping for a lot of grain and wine (January 30)
  • January is okay, the grapes in October are excellent (January)
  • At St. Agathe sunshine, brings quite a lot of grain and wine (5th of February)
  • Santa Eulalia sunshine, brings lots of fruit and good wine (12th of February)
  • Is it raining on St. Valentine, half the harvest is over (14th of February)
  • Frozen in St. Peter's Night, the frost leaves us unscathed (22nd of February)
  • March not too dry and not too wet, the farmer fills box and barrel (March)
  • April cold and wet, filling scouring and barrel (April 9)
  • Are the vines to Georgi still blind, so happy man and child (April 23)
  • To give to Georgi blind vines, full grapes later (April 23)
  • If there is Markus Sonnenschein, then the winemaker has good wine (25 April)
  • March mist brings no need, but April mist takes wine and bread (April)
  • Those who want to bind the vine in April will find little wine in the autumn (April)
  • April storm and rainfall announces wine and golden fruit (April)
  • Cooler not wet and cold May, brings good wine and lots of hay (May 6)
  • Go that Eisheiligen without frost, peasants scream. Winemaker juchhei (11-15 May)
  • Do not marry Pankratius . Servatius and Boniface over, is not safe from the cold of may
  • Mamertus , Pankratius, Servatius - stand for cold and annoyance (11-13 May)
  • Pankrazi, Servazi, Bonifazi, are 3 frosty bazi, u. never misses the cold at the end Sophie
  • When it freezes on Santa Pankratius, much is ruined in the vineyard (May 12)
  • After Servaz - the frost does not find a place (May 13)
  • No summer before Bonifaz, after which Sophie no frost (May 14)
  • Often Sophie brought frost, and killed some plants (May 15)
  • Cold Sophie is called her, because often she comes running with cold (May 15)
  • The Nepomuk the water makes us laugh a good spring (16 May)
  • Holy Saint Nepomuk, drive us back the water (May 16)
  • Has urbane Sunshine, there is a lot and good wine (May 25)
  • Saint Urban bright and pure, bless the barrels (May 25)
  • Urban sunshine, there's a lot and good wine, it brings rain showers, he gets angry (25 May)
  • Is sunshine on Urban Day, the wine grows according to old Sag '(25 May)
  • If the sun shines on the day of the day, then the wine gets to the blast, but it rains, it takes damage and is only badly appreciated (May 25)
  • Pankraz and Urban without rain, bring big harvest (25 May)
  • The weather that Urbanus has, also at the harvest takes place (May 25)
  • If Urban does not have good weather, he will be escorted to the Pfütz (May 25)
  • Evening dew and cool in May, brings a lot of wine and brings a lot of hay (May)
  • Medardus brings no more frost, which would be dangerous to the vine (June 8)
  • If it rains on St. Barnabas, the good wine in the barrel (11 June)
  • If it rains on Barnabas, the grapes go to the barrel (June 11)
  • Did the wine bloom on Santa Vit , he brings a nice wine year (15 June)
  • O holy Veit - do not rain, that we are not broken by the wine (15 June)
  • Until Johanni can rain it, after that he comes inconvenient (June 24)
  • If the seven sleepers get wet, it's still going to rain for a long time (June 27th)
  • It's raining Peter and Paul - will be lazy for the winemaker (29 June)
  • At St. Paul's Sunshine, brings in fruit and wine in basement and scouring (June 29)
  • If June brings a dry glow, then the wine gets us well (June)
  • June dry than wet, fill the barrel with good wine (June)
  • In June, the north wind does well, the grain and the vine blood (June)
  • Only in the Juliglut, fruit and wine is good too (July)
  • Juligewitter appreciate winemakers and reapers (July)
  • A vine and a goat, it's never too hot in July (July)
  • What July arrests does not save September (July)
  • What the dog days pour, the grape must pay (23 July to 24 August)
  • If the next wine grows, Santa Benno must be calm (August 3)
  • Oswaldtag must be dry, otherwise it will be expensive grain and wine (5 August)
  • On Laurentius it's custom, the wood stops growing (August 10)
  • St. Lorenz comes with a hot breath - he fills the winemaker's barrel and belly (10 August)
  • If the Lorenz is good and fine, it will be the grape too (10th August)
  • If grapes / fruits multiply, the storms have to stop with Lorenz (10 Aug)
  • Mariä Himmelfahrt clear sunshine, usually brings a lot u. good wine (15 August)
  • So the weather too Bartholomew is that winter measures (August 24)
  • Rain on St. Bartolomä - hurts the vines bitterly (24 August)
  • Thunderstorms around Bartholomä, bring hail and snow (August 24)
  • If August does not want to laugh at the winemaker, September can not do much
  • If it rains in August, it rains honey and good wine (August)
  • August matures the berry, September has the honor (August)
  • A vine and a goat never get too hot in August (August)
  • When many gold beetles run in August, the landlord does not need to baptize the wine (August)
  • When many gold beetles run in August, the landlord does not need to buy the wine (August)
  • The heavier the rain in August, the thinner the must (August)
  • The thicker the rain in August, the thicker the wine and must (August)
  • August rain acts like poison when it hits the ripening grapes (August)
  • In August, a lot of rain is no blessing to the wine (August)
  • September rain - comes seed and vines located (September 20)
  • Matthew, when he cries instead of laughs, makes vinegar from the wine he makes (21 September)
  • Matthäuswetter bright and clear, brings good wine next year (21 September)
  • Michaeliswein will be sweet and fine (September 29th)
  • September rain - the peasant blessing, the winegrower poison when he meets him (September)
  • Sankt Burkhardi Sunshine, pouring sugar into the wine (14 October)
  • To Theres is the Vintage (October 15)
  • To Terese always begins - the vintage, knows every child (October 15)
  • If you still have to wear St. Gallus Butten, the wine will not please you (16 Oct)
  • On St. Galles, everything should be at home (16 October)
  • If Gallus has to be the butt carrier, it's a bad sign for the wine (16 October)
  • St. Gallus is weary when he has to carry wine butts (16 October)
  • October sunshine pours sugar into the wine (October)
  • It rains a lot in hops and grapes, it will deprive wine and beer (October)
  • October is a rough wind, then warm 's Sauser you fast (October)
  • If November has a white beard, winter will be long and hard (November)
  • Bring Saint Stephen Wind, the winemakers are not pleased (December 26)
  • Windstill must be Saint Stephen, should the next wine grow (26th December)
  • New Year's Eve little wind and morning sun, gives much hope for wine and grain
  • New Year's Eve wind, early sunshine, does not bring good wine (New Year's Eve)
  • Wind in St Sylvester's night, never brought wine and grain (New Year's Eve)

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