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St. Georgen

The White vine was founded in 2000 in St. Georgen, a district of Eisenstadt in the Burgenland (Austria) discovered and named after the place of discovery. Stories about a supposedly ancient one have long been here grapevine on a former, built centuries ago Riede tells. Michael Leberl from the “Dorfblick” association and the winemaker Hans Moser followed the tracks. At the end of May 2000, Leberl found a rose hip perch on the long-overgrown Ried cattle drift, which was used as a vineyard in the Middle Ages and then served as a pasture, " and something green glowed above the perennial . " It has been around for several centuries old vine, of which only this one is known. Because the vine had been hidden in the undergrowth for a very long time with a lack of light, it was very weak and had only small thumbnail-sized leaves.

St. Georgen - bunch of grapes and leaves

In the following years, detailed analyzes of the St. Georgen vine were carried out by experts from the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute, The variety was not to be found in any directory and even when comparing it with varieties from neighboring countries, it was not found. Finally, through in 2005 DNA analysis by the Austrian biologist Dr. Ferdinand Regner found that this is the second parent of the Green Veltliners acting; whether father or mother variety is not yet clear. The characteristics of St. Georgen, however, have become much more prevalent than the one identified as the first parent Traminer, The winemaker Hans Moser from St. Georgen took care of the vine.

The history of the former vineyard was also examined using historical documents. A mountain book from 1570 shows a small part of the Ried Viehtrift as vineyards. In 2009, several of the vines were killed by unknown perpetrators eyes cut off and stolen. In a subsequent expert report, the ideal value of the ancient plant was set at more than € 100,000. In February 2011 there was a vandal, the vine and a tree next to it were cut. At this point, it was still unclear whether there was a chance of survival. The survival has been ensured since 2008, however, since the vine grows at three different locations in Austria refined has been.

In May 2011 the vine sprouted again. Finally, in September 2013, the Klosterneuburg Wine Institute 2 kg of grapes harvested and by means of microvinification 1.25 l wine pressed. The first wine was tasted on February 20, 2014. It became a fresh, fruity. spicy Taste with good aromatik and amazing extract. This year, 500 vines from the vine school Scheiblhofer planted in Andau in the experimental vineyard in St. Georgen and, a year later, harvested a total of 481 kg of grapes towards the end of September 2015. The "Association for the cultivation of the St. Georgen vine" offers one Rebstock sponsorship on. In the future, the grape variety could have more than just historical significance.

Left: By Ferdinand Regner - Own work, CC BY 3.0 at , Link
Right picture: Von Loimo - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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