The clergyman Johann Rasch (1540-1612) studied at the University of Wittenberg, but remained faithful to the Catholic faith. In 1570 he became organist at the Schottenstift in Vienna and wrote one of the oldest wine books in German, which appeared in 1580 under the title "Wine Book: Von Baw, Pfleg and custom of wine" for the first time and can be considered a classic of wine literature. It contains numerous rules, regulations and advice for viticulture in general, cellaring, wine storage and wine tasting. In it, but also the production of beer. spirits. vinegar. mead and wormwood described. The then popular flavored Herbal wines are dedicated to a separate chapter and exotic drinks such as venison tongue wine, rose wine and rosemary wine are cited.