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Mountain Shooting

An old winemaker's tradition in Austria, where the beginning of the grape harvest was celebrated with saluting guns. With it, so to speak, the wine mountains (the hills) are shot up. In former times there was in many places a common beginning of the harvest valid for a certain area, which was officially proclaimed thereby. This meant that the ban on grape harvesting (i.e. the closure of the vineyards) valid at the beginning of grape ripening was lifted for the grape harvest or for the workers. This traditional custom is still maintained today, for example in Gumpoldskirchen in Lower Austria. See also under Customs in viticulture.

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