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Graz

The state capital of the Styria with around 290,000 inhabitants is the second largest city of Austria, The Graz field was a densely populated agricultural landscape in the Roman Empire. The city has a long tradition of viticulture, which was mentioned in 1140. Margrave Gunther von Sanntel bequeathed the Admont Abbey vineyards to Grazer Kehlberg in Webling. In 1820 there were still vineyards in all 23 suburbs of the city. The vineyards were mainly on the slopes of the Graz field. There was a total of 190 hectares of vines, 37 of them on the Kehlberg. At the beginning of the 20th century, the Kehlberg was based on the famous district Grinzing in Wien known as the "Little Grinzing" and a popular destination for the people of Graz. There were also numerous here Buschenschänken, The last of these places was closed in 1967.

Graz - Kehlberg with vineyards and Osterluzeifalter

Finally, in 2013 this tradition was born by the South Styrian winemaker Hannes Sabathi revived. The slopes were cleared of the undergrowth and replanted with vines on 4.5 hectares. The management is carried out in an environmentally friendly manner ecological Viewpoints with waiver insecticides and herbicides, A rare species of butterfly lives on Kehlberg, the survival of which depends on a single species of plant - the Easter louse butterfly. That is why some of these plants have been relocated to the vineyard. The white wine varieties yellow grow on the barren dolomite rock with loamy clay soil of the Kehlberg muscatel, Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) and Sauvignon Blanc, Since the 2017 vintage, these have become the "Graz City Wine" (a STK wine ) produced under the name "Falter Ego" after the Osterluzei-Malter.

Kehlberg: © Hannes Sabathi
Easter louse butterfly: CC BY-SA 3.0 , Link

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