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    Full Guide Dürnstein

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    Oberloiben, a typical winegrowing village
    Just like the olden days

    The former harvesting and trading houses of St. Peter’s Abbey and the Archdiocese of Salzburg, somewhat set back from the road, are the oldest in Oberloiben and date back to the 13th century.

    Vintner families settled in the surrounding area and small businesses sprung up, creating a typical winegrowers’ village, the picturesque appearance of which has been preserved to this day.

    In addition to well-known wineries there are several typical wine taverns here, commonly called ‘Heurigen’.

    Interestingly the business model in Oberloiben was or rather is cooperative. The vineyard and sections of forest were assigned to the so-called ‘Urhäuser’ or original houses and worked by their tenants on third-party leases. Two thirds of the profit went to the tenant, a third to the landowner.

    In the 20th century, the vineyards were divided into allotments and allocated to each house, while the forest plots are still jointly maintained by the house owners as a cooperative forest.

    Supported by the Federal Province of Lower Austria and the European Union (LEADER)

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