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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 locality. For a long time here were stories about a supposedly ancient grapevine on a former, built centuries ago Riede tells. Michael Leberl from the association "Dorfblick" and the winemaker Hans Moser went after the tracks. At the end of May 2000, Leberl found on the long overgrown Ried Viehtrift, which was used as a vineyard in the Middle Ages and then served as a pasture, a rosehip shrub , " and over the perennial something green has shone" . It is already several centuries old vine, of which so far only this one copy is known. Since the vine had been hidden in the undergrowth for a long time due to lack of light, it was very weakened and had only small leaves the size of a thumbnail.

St. Georgen - grape and leaves

In the following years detailed investigations of the St. Georgener vine were carried out by experts of the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitutes, The variety was not found in any directory and also when comparing varieties from neighboring countries was not found. Finally, in 2005 was through DNA analysis of the Austrian biologist Ferdinand Regner found that this is the second parent of the Green Veltliners acting; whether dad or mother variety, is not yet clear. However, the characteristics of the St. Georgen have prevailed considerably more than those already identified as the first parent Traminer, The care of the vine has taken over the winemaker Hans Moser from St. Georgen.

The history of the former vineyard was also examined on the basis of historical documents. A mountain book from the year 1570 shows a small part of the Ried Viehtrift as vineyards. In 2009, by unknown perpetrators of the vine several eyes cut off and stolen. In a subsequent expert opinion, the ideal value of the ancient plant was set at more than € 100,000. In February 2011, a vandal act took place, the vine and a nearby tree were cut. Whether there is a chance of survival was still unclear at this time. However, the survival has been secured since 2008, as the vine at three different locations in Austria multiplies and refined has been.

In May 2011, the vine drove out again. Finally, in September 2013, the experimental winery Götzhof of the Klosterneuburger Weinbauinstitutes 2 kg grapes harvested and by means of microvinification 1.25 l of wine pressed. On the 20th of February 2014 the tasting of the first wine took place. It became a fresher, fruity. spicy Taste with good aromatik and amazing extract certified. This year, 500 vines were from the nursery Scheiblhofer planted in Andau in the experimental vineyard in St. Georgen and read a total of 481 kg of grapes a year later towards the end of September 2015. The "Association for the Cultivation of the St. Georgener Vine" offers one Rebstock sponsorship on. The grape variety could have more than just historical significance in the future.

Picture left: By Ferdinand Regner - Own work, CC BY 3.0 at , Link
Right: From Loimo - Own Work, CC BY-SA 4.0 , Link

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