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Latfass

Designation (also Ladfass) for a special barrel at the vintage (Autumn). The name derives from the Old High German word "Leitfaz" - under "Leite" was understood to be a cargo, wagonload or quantity designation. It had a large opening (extended bunghole) on which a Traubenmühle with funnel was placed. It was mounted on a two-wheeled cart, which at the vintage was pulled by horses into the vineyard. There, the freshly picked grapes were ground immediately and the mash was driven to the winery. Latfass was also commonly used as a name for the container (also tub ) used to transport grapes or must. It was also an old custom that after the end of the vintage the so-called Herbstmuck (a female reading assistant) sat on this barrel and was driven to the winery during the last transport. The lead barrel was still in the 20th century in the Rheingau and on middle Rhine used. See more habits below Customs in viticulture,

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