Norbert Franz Josef Tischelmayer was in April 1945 in the last weeks of the war in Mühlbach am Manhartsberg in Weinviertel ( Lower Austria ) born in the middle of vineyards, so to speak. His father worked for a large winery for decades, that was August Sutter in Hohenwarth. In childhood, he regularly helped with the vintages With. At that time there was still the "Hiata-Hütt'n", in which the "Hiata" (two to three weeks before the harvest) Weingarten guardian ) and strictly watching that nobody is eating the delicious grapes transgressed. For the boys it was a test of courage and a prerequisite for admission to the "Club der Grosse" to steal grapes despite the danger of being "caught". These were the first impulses to deal with wine.
In his own words, he had a meager but wonderful childhood in Mühlbach. At that time, the parents were happy and satisfied when they could feed their children adequately. There was a lack of many things, and oranges or bananas were real luxury goods that (if at all) only existed at Christmas. The author recently published the book “Damals in Mühlbach”. It describes the living conditions of the small town with only 300 souls from 1945 to 1959. Among other things, the topics of the end of the war, school, leisure & games as well as church & religion are illuminated and accompanied by many pictures. The descriptions in the book are representative of life in Austria especially in rural areas after the terrible Second World War, when the young Second Republic began to live.
At the age of 14, he moved as a so-called "Rucksackl-Weana" Wien and completed an apprenticeship as a commercial clerk in the delicatessen Artaker on Stephansplatz right opposite the main entrance to the "Steffl"; Back then it was number 1 in Wien in this industry, comparable to today's “Meinl am Graben”. Among other things, he also sold wines from the Sutter winery there, but also some France. Italy and Spain, Back then, foreign wines were only bought by the particularly “wealthy”.
After completing his military service with the Austrian Armed Forces with (voluntarily obligated longer) 12 months of service with training as a radio operator, he made a radical change of job after one year and started working with electronic data processing (EDP), which was still young at the time. At that time, punch-card-oriented computers were still referred to as “electron brains”. A smartphone today has approximately 100 times the performance of the computers at that time, although a comparison is difficult. Norbert Tischelmayer then worked for 35 years in a computer services company for banks and savings banks in the areas of data center, internal audit, training, process organization and project management. During this time, he led several large projects in the areas of corporate merger, rationalization, process organization and change management.
Due to a traumatic childhood experience, he came to relatively late Wine, As a test of courage, so to speak, he emptied one of his with his brother and two friends wine cellar of the father doubler (Two-liter bottle). So he couldn't even smell wine for decades. Then he became one in the early 1990s wine tasting at the winery Weinrieder (Kleinhadersdorf- Poysdorf ) invited. He had the experience that wine can be enjoyed not only with the palate and tongue, but also with the nose and eyes and also (before the first glass was drunk) that one can talk about it. This positive experience sparked his interest and he began to deal intensively with the "divine drink", both practically and theoretically. In 1999 he was added to the wine website Wein-Plus from Utz Graafmann attentive and offered to be this wine Glossary with back then 800 keywords. That was the beginning of a long-term cooperation.
With some wine seminars, around 100 books read about wine, visits to tastings. wine fairs and wine events as well as last but not least practical work in the vineyards and cellars of winegrower friends laid the basis for journalistic work on the subject of wine. In 2001, he fulfilled a childhood dream and published the book "Wine Glossary - 2,777 terms related to wine". At the same time, he oversees the world's most extensive wine dictionary with around 23,000 key words. The work is not available on paper, but only in Internet, A lexicon on paper is a thing of the past; the print version of the Brockhaus dictionary, published since 1808, was discontinued in 2014. The online Wein-Plus glossary from Wein-Plus is updated and expanded almost daily and suggestions from users are taken into account. A detailed description of the content and an efficient search for specific terms is available at wine Glossary contain.