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Herbstmuck

In Southern Germany common name for a female person from the flock of reading assistants. In the Rheingau dialect Muck means "mother pig". This refers to it, because the woman as a criterion for the honorable selection had to be physically emphasized accordingly "womanly and strong" (muckelich). In this old custom especially in the Rheingau was selected a woman who was at the vintage (Autumn) had 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 given this task. The on the head with vines or leaves and / or grapes decorated "Herbstmuck" moved with the other reading assistants in the winery, while they transported on the one of a horse cart Latfass (special barrel) sat. Once there, the autumn moose addressed a spell over wine to the crowd. Then was with Food and wine the harvest closed celebrated. The Herbstmuck also brings the first Federweissen to the church. In the municipality of Rüdesheim, this custom is still maintained today. Another fun role in the vintage festival played the Herbstschmüerel, See also below autumn as well as other habits under Customs in viticulture,

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