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Herbstmuck

A term commonly used in southern Germany for a female person among the reading assistants. In the Rheingau dialect, Muck means "mother pig". This refers to the fact that the woman had to be physically emphasized as “womanly and strong” (muckelich) as a criterion for the honorable selection. In this old custom, especially in Rheingau a woman was selected to work for vintage (Autumn) cut off the last grape in a vineyard. This was not left to chance, but a particularly quick-witted and entertaining person was selected and assigned this task. The one with the head vines "Autumn jewelry" decorated with leaves and / or grapes moved into the winery with the other reading assistants, transporting them by horse cart Latfass (special barrel) sat. Once there, the Herbstmuck made a saying about wine to the crowd. Then with Food and wine the end of the harvest was celebrated. Herbstmuck also brings the first Federweissen to the church. This custom is still practiced in the community of Rüdesheim. Another fun role played at the vintage festival Herbstschmüerel, See also under autumn as well as other customs under Customs in viticulture,

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