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The winegrowing community in the Austrian province of Burgenland is located on the western shore of Lake Neusiedlersee near the border with Hungary. It is considered the "secret wine capital of Austria". With 1,700 inhabitants, Rust (also known as the "town of storks" due to the animals that are frequently found here) is the smallest town in Austria with its own town charter. The area was first mentioned in 1317 on the occasion of a deed of donation by the Hungarian King Charles Robert I of Anjou-Naples (1278-1343) for his henchman Desiderius Hedevary as "possessio Ceel vocatum circa stagnum Ferthew" and in 1385 as "Rusth" (Hungarian Szil = elm, Rüster). In 1479 the "Zech" (guild of wine growers) was founded and the confirmation of the special wine export privileges by the Hungarian King Matthias Corvinus (1440-1490).

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