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Engelweingarten

Reed in the municipality of Kothvogl, a cadastral municipality of Stainz in the Austrian wine-growing region of Western Styria. The Engelweingarten is very closely connected with the history of the famous Styrian wine Schilcher. However, one must distinguish between the vineyard and the inn of the same name. The inn "Engelweingarten" is named after the Angelis (Engel) family, who immigrated from Italy around 1700 and ran it in Stainz. Josef Angelis acquired the vineyard, which belonged to the abandoned Augustinian canon monastery, from the state in 1826 and also gave it the name Engelweingarten. In 1847 Emperor Ferdinand I. (1793-1875) visited the vineyard with Archduke Johann (1782-1859), who was important for Styrian viticulture. In 1889 the descendants of the Angelis sold the inn to the Stainzer Sparkasse. In 1971 the inn finally became the property of the Hösel family, who still run it today. The Styrian winegrowing pioneer Josef Puchas leased the vineyard from 1913 to 1938 and ran a Schilcher model farm. For the first time he planted vines with phylloxera-resistant rootstocks of the Blauer Wildbacher variety, which had been severely threatened by the preceding phylloxera catastrophe. He gave many impulses for the care of the vineyard and grafting. The soil of the reed consists of weathered rock rich in silicate and is particularly suitable for Blauer Wildbacher.

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