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The wine-growing community in the Austrian state Burgenland lies on the western shore of Lake Neusiedl close to the border Hungary, It is considered the "secret wine capital of Austria". With 1,700 inhabitants, Rust (which is also called the "city of storks" due to the animals that often occur here) is the smallest town in Austria with its own municipal law. The area was first mentioned in 1317 on the occasion of a deed of donation of the Hungarian king Karl Robert I of Anjou-Naples (1278-1343) for his follower Desiderius Hedevary as "possessio Ceel vocatum circa stagnum Ferthew" and in 1385 as "Rusth" ( Hungarian Szil = elm, Rüster). In 1479, the "Zech" (guild of winegrowers) and the confirmation of the special wine export privileges by the Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus (1440-1490).

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