Especially in Austria, a common designation (also Ried) for a site or single vineyard. It is derived from the Old High German riod (riuti = clearing), a place made arable for viticulture by cutting down the forest and grubbing up. According to the Austrian Wine Law, a Riede is an area of a wine-growing municipality, which is represented as an independent area by natural boundaries such as waterways and paths, but also by artificial boundaries or as a result of viticultural use and are often characterised by special soil types or climatic conditions. They have either already been designated as vineyard fens or, due to their location and soil composition, they are expected to produce wines of the same type and quality. In some cases there are also vineyards within vineyards due to special conditions.
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