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Lutherwein

Name for a special wine from the wine-growing community Donnerskirchen in Burgenland (Austria). It dates from 1526, making it one of the oldest mentions of one Trockenbeerenauslese, The term "Luther wine" is due to the fact that the citizens of Donnerskirch stubbornly adhere to the religion of the reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) known and could only be brought back to the Catholic faith under great pressure. The Princely Family Esterházy acquired the barons of Leisser in 1653, in whose basement a barrel of Luther wine was stored. This was expanded as the central storage room for all Esterhazy estate and toe wines. The Luther wine barrel was brought to Forchtenstein Castle and stored in the cellar, which is now used for various events.

Luther wine - replica barrel of the WG St. Martinus and original text

Prince Paul I. Esterházy (1635-1713) had the following inscription carved (shortened) into the barrel in Latin in 1687: The wine of this barrel was read in the mountains of Donnerskirchen in 1526. It belonged to the Rueber family; the subsequent Laizer family had it filled in a new barrel in 1585. in 1653 the wine was brought here to Forchtenstein Castle and finally in 1687 at the command of the Prince of the Holy Roman Empire and Palatine of the Kingdom of Hungary Paul Esterházy.

However, this text contains some errors or inconsistencies. So the 1526 harvest year is not secured and the Gruber family (not Rueber) did not buy the barrel in 1585, but only in 1612. Nevertheless, there is no doubt that the wine must have been ancient and must have come from Donnerskirchen. If wine was taken for festive occasions, the same amount was refilled with boiled pebbles to make one oxidation to avoid. The last drop of the legendary wine was tasted at Forchtenstein Castle in 1852, i.e. after 326 years. The Luther wine is one of them oldest wines that was still edible. At that time, the value was calculated at 1,447,176 guilders for half (0.906 liters), which would correspond to € 2.2 to 2.9 million today.

The tradition of the “Luther wine” is continued at the Leisserhof. The former manor has been home to two restaurants since 1989. an extensive vinotheque (wine dome) with wines from top Burgenland winegrowers and the manor cellar with a wine museum. Since the 1957 vintage, Trockenbeerenauslese have been resting in the cellar, which are pressed according to the historical model. The composer Joseph Haydn (1732-1809), court music band leader of Prince Nikolaus I Josef Esterházy (1714-1790) was also rewarded with wine from the manor cellar. The Haydn barrel commemorates this. The original Luther wine barrel is no longer available. In the 1970s, the (no longer existing) wine cooperative St. Martinus made a barrel in the basement with the original text (see picture). See also other superlatives below Records,

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