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Leitgeben

Leit (or lit) was a Middle High German term for a fruit or spice wine. After completing the purchase, the buyer paid a drink to the seller and the witness for the trouble. This was referred to as a lead purchase (also called leikauf) (has a similar meaning Weinkauf ). The innkeeper was the "Leitgeb". From this derives the leading giving (also Leut give), which developed in the meaning as "right to pour wine". In Austria, Duke Albrecht III. in 1380 to the citizens of the wine town Gumpoldskirchen (Lower Austria) the right to sell and serve their wine locally. Later, the exact rules for "giving people" were then laid down in the "Banntaidingbuch". If you wanted to "give people", you had to put a "pointer" on the house. From this developed the Buschenschank, respectively. this year, The term is included in the name of the locality Kaltenleut give (Lower Austria). See also under special wines and Customs in viticulture,

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