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Falkensteiner Berggericht

The community of brands Falkenstein in the Lower Austrian wine region Weinviertel has a historical origin. Between the 13th and the 18th century, the "Falkensteiner Berggericht" was the legal supreme authority for all "vineyard matters and the resulting earnings" and for the entire area between Wien and Brno. Every year on St. Markustag all vineyard owners had to gather for mountain taiding. After reading the Bergbüchl, issues of controversy and appeals were negotiated, but reading dates and quality controls were also determined. Finally, the new judge - the miner - was elected, who took office with an oath of truth and justice. He was assisted by four miners, with whom he represented the mining office. The Falkensteiner winegrowers are aware of their great tradition. Their goal is to continue the inheritance of their fathers carefully and with the highest quality. Today, as then, a selected miner controls the vineyards and the harvest according to the following criteria:

  • Inspection of the vineyards before vintage
  • Checking the reading on Reinsortigkeit and sugar content
  • checkups
  • Tasting by an expert jury
  • Naturalness of the wines
  • Mostgewicht at least 17 degrees KMW or 85 Oechsle
  • Wearing the State test number

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