Formerly common term (also known as autumn ban) for the closure of vineyards ordered by the authorities from the beginning of grape ripening until the end of the grape harvest. In old times this period was monitored by the vineyard guards. However, the term "grape harvest ban" was also used in different regions to denote the earlier officially fixed date for the start of the grape harvest in accordance with the respective valid regulations of the country or wine-growing region. In certain areas this was also proclaimed as mountain shooting. See also a list of other customs under Customs and traditions in viticulture.