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Cellar alley

Austrian term for mostly smaller, often centuries-old cellar complexes, which are often built next to each other outside the wine-growing communities. The Presshaus is located just below ground level. The so-called cellar neck connects the front rooms with the cellar tube, the actual storage cellar. This provides an ideal, constant cellar temperature. Especially in Lower Austria and Burgenland there are many of these romantic cellar complexes with a lot of local colour. It is also common in many wine-growing villages to celebrate cellar festivals in these cellar lanes in autumn after the grape harvest. See also under Customs in viticulture.

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