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Maria Theresa

On the occasion of the birth of the Habsburg ruler Maria Theresia (1717-1780) was a wine Langenlois served at the court of her father Charles VI. (1685-1740) was very popular. The Habsburgs had at that time large possessions in all major wine-growing communities of the former West Hungary (today Burgenland ) and let viticulture and cellar operation operate according to the latest findings. Wines from the villages Donnerskirchen, Großhöflein, Jois. Neusiedl on the lake Purbach, Rust and St. Georgen were mostly delivered to the Viennese Hofkeller. It promoted viticulture through many ordinances and laws Austria and Hungary and often visited their possessions.

In 1743 she traveled through the Burgenland and also made a stop in the castle Mannersdorf am Leithagebirge. From the community she became the next vintage invited. Velvet Court appeared then in October of this year and harvested by hand a few grapes. An obelisk in the village recalls the memorable event with the following inscription: Here Maria Theresa has lowered her hands, which filled the birth with prescriptions, virtue and laurel, to the grape-gathering and all the arduous activities of the grape-picking.

Until now, the story is guaranteed, now follows the legendary part: The Empress and her husband walked along a vineyard. The fully ripe grapes lured them and so they picked one of them. As soon as they had eaten some berries, the bugles of the Weingarten guardian, Quickly, the ruling couple was surrounded by scowling guardians and they demanded harsh punishment in the amount of 5 guilders. Of course, both had, as is customary with such high personalities, no cash with them and so they were escorted to the village judge. They were locked up in the community cinder, but later everything cleared up.

One of the most popular favorite locks of the ruler was Castle Halbturn in the Burgenland Seewinkel am Lake Neusiedl This still existing castle winery was bought by her husband Stefan. She also appreciated the wine from the Freistadt Rust - especially the then famous Ruster outbreak - and was a guest here in 1760. In 1773 she visited the princely castle or winery Esterházy in Eisenstadt, She loved the Hungarian Tokaj Her physician, Gerard van Swieten (1700-1772), told her to drink every day. The Russian Tsarina Elisabeth (1709-1762) sent her 600 bottles. In the Styria She protected by customs the local wines such as the one Schilcher,

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