Popular name for the statue of a rider in the Rheingau Johannisberg Castle (Rheingau). The rider wears a large one grape in hand and symbolizes the "invention" or the origin of the late vintage, However, the shape is not historically documented. From 1718, the prince bishop of Fulda's permission was granted to the area vintage delivered in writing by the so-called autumn courier. In 1775 this happened to those who were desperately waiting for it Benedictine Father Waiter of the Provost Johannisberg 14 days 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 could not be reached for permission. The other is that the courier was held by robbers. In the meantime the grapes had rotten or shriveled. However, they were read and became standard due to the (unexpected) excellent result. It should be noted, however, that back then, late picking, according to today's terms, was one of the Botrytis infested grapes Beerenauslese or Trockenbeerenauslese was to be understood. See also under Prädikatswein,