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Leit (or Lit) was a Middle High German term for a fruit or spice wine. After a purchase was completed, the buyer paid the seller and the witness a drink for their trouble. This was called Leitkauf (also Leikauf) (a similar meaning has wine purchase). The serving host was the "Leitgeb". This is the origin of Leitgeben (also Leutgeben), which developed into the meaning of "right to serve wine". In Austria, Duke Albrecht III granted the citizens of the wine village of Gumpoldskirchen (Lower Austria) the right to sell and serve their wine in the village in 1380. Later the "Banntaidingbuch" laid down the exact rules for "Leutgeben". Who wanted to "leutgeben" had to put a "pointer" to the house. From this the "Buschenschank" or Heurigen developed. In the name of the village Kaltenleutgeben (NÖ) the term is contained. See also under special wines and customs in viticulture.

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