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Pfaffenberg (Riede Austria)

Popular vineyard name in German-speaking countries. It derives from the fact that vineyards were very often owned by the church (the "Pfaffen" = priests) or monasteries in the past.

Rothenhof - Wachau and Krems-Stein - Kremstal

The vineyard was already mentioned in 1230. A popular saying was: "The Kremser does not like the Pfaffen, but he likes to drink the Pfaffenberger". At first, the Pfaffenberg belonged to the bishops of Passau and was taken in fief by the last Babenberg Duke Frederick the Quarrelsome (1210-1246) in 1241. It then came into the possession of the Habsburg dynasty. In 1974, the vineyard was assigned to the 195-hectare "Flur Pfaffenberg". It extends over two wine-growing areas and comprises a total of 25 hectares of vineyards. The smaller part with eight hectares is located in the municipality of Rothenhof in the Wachau. The larger part with 17 hectares is located in Stein-Krems in the Kremstal. The steeply terraced vineyards on weathered soils interspersed with gneiss face south to south-east and are bordered by the Danube valley. They are mainly planted with the varieties Riesling and Grüner Veltliner, as well as Neuburger and Müller-Thurgau. Shares in the vineyard are held, for example, by the wineries Hagen Anton, Hajszan-Neumann, Knoll Emmerich, Müllner Johann, Pichler-Krutzler, Salomon Undhof, Stagård, Strobl Clemens, Weingut Stadt Krems, Winzer Krems and Zeileis Wolfgang.

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