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Austrian dialect name for the linnet (Latin Carduelis cannabina). The "hemp bird" belongs to the family of finch birds and likes to feed on hemp seeds and grapes, The name also has a special relation to a special incident in the Austrian wine scene. In 1985 it came to the notorious wine scandal in Austria. From some winemakers were quality wines with the antifreeze glycol "Improved" to achieve late harvesting qualities. This innocently came to term late vintage in disrepute. The (not involved in this scandal) Wachau Winzervereinigung Vinea Wachau Nobilis Districtus Therefore introduced "Honifogl" as a quality concept - consciously with "f" instead of "v".

Honifogl - Linnet and wine bottle by Hirtzberger

Then a woman Elsa Honifogl from Strass in Strassertal ( Kamptal ), which had previously protected the name for a small vineyard, filed a lawsuit. It came to a comparison. The Vinea now called their territory brand emerald, according to the in the Wachau vineyards numerous occurring emerald lizard. The Vinea winemaker Franz Hirtzberger used on it the old Wachauer Ried name Honivogl (with "v") for his best Green Veltliner and had the name wisely protected.

Linnet: From ajpalaciosalvarez on Pixabay

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