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Weinkauf

Term for the custom used in the Middle Ages to confirm a purchase or exchange transaction with a drink or feast. The Middle High German term "Winkouf" is documentarily guaranteed in 1218. It is essential that witnesses drink with them free of charge. The background to this was that the witnesses should be able to remember the deal they had closed and be able to testify in the event of later challenges and disputes. This was particularly common when buying land and trading cattle, but also in shops of all kinds. In rural areas, buying wine is still common today. B. in the cattle trade in Swabian. In Bavaria and Austria there was the equivalent "Leikauf" or "Leitkauf". See also under Leitgeben and Customs in viticulture,

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