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Luther wine

Name for a special wine from the wine-growing community of Donnerskirchen in Burgenland (Austria). It dates back to 1526 and is thus one of the oldest mentions of a Trockenbeerenauslese. The name "Luther wine" is due to the fact that the citizens of Donnerskirchen stubbornly professed the religion of the reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546) and could only be brought back to the Catholic faith under great pressure. In 1653, the princely Esterházy family acquired the property of the Barons of Leisser, in whose cellar a barrel containing Luther's wine was stored. This was developed as the central storage room for all Esterházy estate and tithe wines. The Luther wine barrel, however, was brought to Forchtenstein Castle and stored in the cellar. Today it is used as the "Luther Cellar" for events.

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