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Today's wine-growing region of Weinviertel in Lower Austria used to be divided into the two independent wine-growing areas of Retz (in the west) and Falkenstein near Poysdorf (in the east), named after their respective main wine-growing locations. Retz vineyards were first mentioned in documents as early as 1155. Around 1200, the famous minnesinger Walther von der Vogelweide (1170-1230) is said to have enjoyed Retz wines in the Zehenthofkeller. Count Berthold von Rabenswalde (1278-1312) had a new town built on the foothills of the Manhartsberg in 1300 and moved his seat to this place; this was the birth of Retz. The town was later given its own protected wine-growing area and developed into the important wine-trading centre of the region. Towards the end of the Thirty Years' War, the Swedes marched into Retz in 1645. The following rhyme tells of the commander's hard drinking: Captain Hensius from Swedenland, well known as the greatest drinker, drank in four and a half months at twenty buckets of wine, which for the day would be two dozen quarts.

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