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Graz

The state capital of the Styria is with about 290,000 inhabitants the second largest city of Austria, The Graz field was in the Roman Empire, a densely populated agricultural landscape. The city has a long winemaking tradition, which was mentioned in documents in 1140. Margrave Gunther von Sanntel bequeathed the pen Admont vineyards on Grazer Kehlberg in Webling. In 1820 there were still vineyards in all 23 outskirts of the city. The vineyards were mainly on the slopes of the Graz field. Altogether there were 190 hectares, 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 "Kleingrinzing" and a popular destination for the Grazer. There were also numerous here Buschenschänken, The last of these was closed in 1967.

Graz - Kehlberg with vineyards and Osterluzeifalter

Finally, in 2013 this tradition of the South Styrian winemaker Hannes Sabathi revived. The slopes were cleared of the scrub and planted on 4.5 hectares again with vines. The management is carried out in an environmentally friendly manner ecological Viewpoints with waiver insecticides and herbicides, Kehlberg is home to a rare species of butterflies whose survival depends on a single species of plant - the Osterlieb. Therefore, some of these plants were relocated to the vineyard. On the barren dolomite rock with loamy clay soil of the Kehlberg grow the white wine varieties yellow muscatel, Pinot Gris ( Pinot gris ) and Sauvignon Blanc, Since the year 2017 the "Grazer Stadtwein" (a STK wine ) produced under the name "Falter Ego" after the Osterluzei butterfly.

Kehlberg: © Hannes Sabathi
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