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Stifterl

A special Austrian term (dialectally also "Stiftl") for a small-format wine bottle usually used in train restaurants or on aeroplanes. The name derives from the Austrian winery Stift Klosterneuburg and is a belittling form of "Stift" (church cathedral). In the 1950s, the Austrian airline AUA approached the winery with the order to bottle a red wine for First Class in small bottles with a volume of 0.375 l at the time. The first wine marketed was the St. Laurent shown in the picture on the right. The wine, or rather the bottle with the embossed coat of arms, caused a great sensation. Among passengers and AUA staff, the affectionately understood name "Stifterl" soon caught on. For practical reasons, screw caps are used for such bottles due to the tight space conditions, especially in aircraft. In the meantime, however, this bottle shape or designation has also become common with the smaller bottle contents of 0.20 litres and 0.25 litres. See also under Bottles and Wine Vessels.

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