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Reading Court

A term that was particularly common in Austria for a winery or estate that was common until the late Middle Ages, where pure grape growers delivered their grapes to be processed into wine. In a broader sense, these are to be understood as predecessors of the winegrowers' cooperatives (cooperative wineries). They were mostly run by monastic orders (see Church). Especially in Lower Austria there were many of them. Today, for example, the vineyards Gritsch Mauritiushof, Holzapfel Karl, Jurtschitsch, Kartäuserhof and Tegernseerhof (all Wachau), as well as Mantlerhof, Nigl Martin, Stagård and Vorspannhof Mayr (all Kremstal) reside at the location of such reading yards.

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