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Spätlesereiter

Statue of a rider in the Rheingau castle Johannisberg Popular name for the statue of a rider in the Rheingau Castle Johannisberg (Rheingau). The rider carries a big one grape in the hand and symbolizes the "invention" or the origin of the late vintage, The figure is not historically proven. From the year 1718 the permission of the prince bishop of Fulda for the vintage delivered by the so-called Herbstkurier in written form. In 1775 this was done to those already desperately waiting Benedictine Father Waiter of the Propstei Johannisberg 14 days too late. There are at least two versions for the reason of the delay.

The first says that the prince-bishop was on the hunt and therefore not available for permission.

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