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oldest wine bill

The oldest surviving wine account in Germany in the form of a notarised contract in Latin dates from 18 November 1211. Those involved were members of the Greiffenclau family, who in later generations were owners of Vollrads Castle (Rheingau). Emmircho and Heinrich Grifenclawa ceded their right to the tithe (Zehent) of the estates of St. Victor's Abbey in return for a lump sum compensation of three pieces of wine (about 3,600 litres) per year. This wine was in turn bought by their brother Ruthard, who held the office of cathedral cellarer in Mainz, under an open-ended contract and donated to the donation fund of the canons of St. Victor's for the salvation of the family.

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