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Well-known town in the north-east of the Lower Austrian wine-growing region Weinviertel, only about 15 kilometres from the Czech border. The town is situated on the southern slope of the Falkenstein hills. It lies on the so-called "Brünner Straße", an old trade route from Vienna to Brno. This is also the origin of the name Brünnerstraßler for the typical rather acidic wine. Already mentioned in 1194 as "Poistorf", the first documentary mention as a wine-growing community dates back to 1334. The town's coat of arms can be found on the plague column in the centre. It shows two winegrowers carrying a huge bunch of grapes on a pole. Towards the end of the Thirty Years' War, the people of Poysdorf were able to save the town from looting and pillaging in 1645 by providing 1,000 buckets of wine (56 litres each) and a feast. In autumn 1814 Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825) of Russia and King Frederick-Wilhelm III of Prussia (1770-1840) travelled to the Congress of Vienna and stopped off in Poysdorf. The Resche Veltliner was to the liking of the highest personalities and so it happened that Poysdorf wines were exported to Russia from this time on.

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