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Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BB News No. 166 dated Aug. 31, 2007
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:45:55 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 166
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August 31, 2007
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This first section of our 2 section newsletter concerns:
1. Research In Hungary With John Lavendoski
2. Connecticut-Burgenland Immigrant Enclave
3. Correspondence From Muehlgraben-New Britain Immigrants
1. RESEARCH IN HUNGARY WITH JOHN LAVENDOSKI
(ED. Note: Most BB Burgenland research occurs in the US or Austria. Very
little has taken place in Hungary due to the language barrier. There have been two
exceptions. Austrian Editor Fritz Königshofer has conducted research in
Budapest and John Lavendoski has worked in the village of St. Peterfa and environs.
John has now done some research in Szombathely (Steinamanger) which he
reports below. Szombathely is and was a district center for southern Burgenland
villages ceded to Austria.)
July Trip To Szentpeterfa / Prostrum-by John Lavandoski
Last month, I was able to travel briefly to Southern Burgenland as part of a
short business trip. The trip proved to be quite eventful, as I was able to
visit the village of Szentpeterfa / Prostrum in Hungary, the VAS County Farm
Life Museum, and the local civil archives in Szombathely.
Here are some observations:
* I flew from Atlanta direct to Vienna on Delta Airlines. It was a fabulous
flight since I used airline miles to upgrade my economy ticket to Business
Class. The seats actually turned into beds !!! I arrived at 9AM the next
morning, refreshed and very ready for a full day.
* I was able to purchase a European cell phone right at the Post Office in
the Vienna airport for about $75. I was able to call anywhere in Europe and to
the USA directly using a calling card bought at the same time. This made life
a lot easier.
* The border crossing into Hungary is now possible (and effortless) right at
Szentpeterfa / Prostrum. One simply shows one's passport and you are through
* The local priest, Fr. Schneller, is retiring and a new priest is moving to
the village. Fr. Schneller will continue to reside at the rectory in
Szentpeterfa, however. This is good news, as he is a wonderful man who has always
been very friendly toward genealogists.
* My search for old headstones in the cemetery was frustrating. No old
stones (100+ years) at all due to the practice of reusing the graves for modern
family members / later descendants. My own Jurasits family's stone (from 1907)
seems to be the oldest one left.
* There is a small building boom happening in the village. Several new
houses (in an Austrian style) are being built and other, older ones are being
extensively remodeled to resemble houses on the Austrian side of the border. A new
street / subdivision is even being started for future growth.
* The Vas Farm Life museum outside of Szombathely is wonderful. Well worth
the trip. Actual thatch roofed houses from at least 10 villages have been
moved to this site and re-erected to create a small village. Visitors are free to
wander around the village and even into the houses. This is a MUST for all
southern Burgenland visitors whether of Croatian or German heritage.
* The Vas Civil Archives in Szombathely are very welcoming to American
visitors IF one has a local Hungarian translator (no one there speaks
English[TJS1]). I was aided by Jutka Skrapits Garger, who was born in Szentpeterfa and now
lives in Pennsylvania with her husband Frank. She happened to be in the
village for a wedding, and I was lucky to have her help at the archive.
* One needs to go to the Archive the day before one would like to research
and apply for permission, as well as talk to a local archivist who can help
assemble the needed materials. They have a very modern viewing room with many
desks and there is no fee. A digital camera is permissible so copies of records
can be made easily in this manner.
* At the Archives, I was able to view tax and land records of Szentpeterfa
going back to 1720. "Head of the house" family names are listed along with some
details of the property.
* Upon leaving the country, I had a big problem with the wine I purchased, as
it is no longer allowed as a carry-on unless purchased at the airport
duty-free area and placed in security bags by airport employees. I had to pack my
wine into my checked baggage. It luckily arrived safely.
* Even the wine I bought in duty-free caused me a later problem in the US
when I transferred planes in Atlanta. The TSA does not recognize the European
safety bags, so I was forced to re-pack all this wine into my checked baggage at
the Atlanta airport. Again, I was lucky that it all arrived safely due to my
"hard sided" luggage.
In short, my trip was a wonderful experience, although it was far too brief.
After a stay of only a few days, I had barely begun to settle into the more
relaxed pace of village life before it was time to return to the hustle and
bustle of the USA. My advice is that first time visitors should plan at least a
week-long visit to their ancestral villages to allow for multiple local side
trips and a chance to fall into the rhythm of village life.
2. CONNECTICUT-BURGENLAND IMMIGRANT ENCLAVE
ED. Note: The main US Burgenland immigrant enclaves of the later period are
New York City, northern New Jersey, the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania, the
Pittsburgh area, Cleveland and Chicago. Earlier immigration included parts of the
Dakotas and Minnesota. Recently we were asked to review the Connecticut area.
Donna Dunkl Kemp wrote: I recently visited with my cousins in Jennersdorf. I
also visited the incredible immigration museum in Gussing. My primary
question concerns why there is not a section about immigration to Connecticut. My
grandfather, Josef Dunkl, immigrated to America about 1912. His village was
Jennersdorf, Austria. My grandmother came from Kuzma ( now Slovenia). I do not
know the year. My grandparents married in America and settled in New
Britain, Connecticut. There is a large Austrian population there. Could you help?
Reply-Here is the link to the club in New Britain, CT
Mary Ann Dilcher Norris writes: My mother's family came from Mulgraben
(Dobra, Hungary) and settled in New Britain. Their names were Gustav and Mary
Rapposch and they lived on Arch Street. There were many other Burgenland emigrants
in their neighborhood and they all attended the St. Johns German Lutheran
Church at 295 Arch Street, New Britain. The church is still located there, but is
listed as St. Johns EV Lutheran Church. Old family birth, marriage & death
records are in this church. I believe that my grandmother is buried there. My
grandfather was a machinist and worked in a lock factory. Other names remembered
by my soon to be 93 year old aunt, Mary Rapposch, are Ruck (owned a shoe
store), Knaus (owned a dry goods store), Kinse (owned a farm), Glasser, Schultz
(former v.p. of the Travellers Insurance Company, and Pankanin. There was a
social club called the Saengerbund where members could rent the facilities for
I see that there is the Austrian Club Donau, located at 545 Arch Street, this
is the social club my aunt speaks of as "Saengerbund." There is a great web
page with all kinds of information including the first Burgenland immigrant to
New Britain: http://www.austriandonauclub.com/history.htm
My aunt and her sister returned to Austria, but could never locate the town
of their parents' birth. My brother, Hank Dilcher, researched the Rapposch
family and located relatives there before his death in 2000. I would love to hear
from any descendants of the Knaus family of New Britain. (see address on
BB Members residing in Conn. (from BB "where We Are" web page).
Frank Billowitz ; Norwalk, CT
Mark Bischof , Danbury, CT
Theresa (Unger) Blank ; New Fairfield, CT
Sondra Lintelmann Dellaripa ; Old Saybrook, CT
William D. Dittman ; Stonington, CT
Barbara Howard ; Norwalk, CT
Edward Ifkovits ; New Fairfield, CT
Rudolph J. Klampfer ; New Britain, CT
Frank F. Klepeis ; Newington, CT
Karla (Mandl) Moore ; East Hartford, CT
Rita J. Mulvihill ; Southbury, CT
Joseph O'Neil ; Westport, CT
Robert F. Poglitsch ; Kensington CT
Richard Potetz ; West Granby, CT
Dennis Schweitzer ; Berlin, CT
Margret Sullo ; New Britian, CT
Evelyn Seegraves writes: In the last issue, you requested info concerning the
New Britain immigrants from Burgenland. A number of them from the
Grieselstein/Jennersdorf area settled in New Britain, specifically the section between
Arch St. and Glen St. One of the streets was Rockwell Ave., but early in the
1900's, it was known as Kensington St. My grandfather (Augustin Mandl) immigrated
in 1905, but I know there were many more who came before he did! Early on, he
lived on Kensington St. and there were a number of families or singles living
in the same building--it was a medium sized apartment building--all from
By the way, the Austrian Club is still in existence. The Church attended by
many Burgenlanders was St. Peter's Church located on Franklin Square. There was
also a place called Scheutzen Park where Austrians would spend time and have
BB President Tom Steichen writes: We can possibly cite the Austrian Donau
Club of New Britain at http://www.austriandonauclub.com/frameset_home.htm. They
have a history page on their site that might provide some background info (the
president, Robert Wolf Jr. rwolf9851at earthlink.net, is a BB member who could
give permission to quote some of their material). It answers some of the
questions Gerry poses; also BB Newsletter 106 has an article by Wolf that answers
NEW BRITAIN, CT -BURGENLAND ENCLAVE (From: (Robert
Wolf, Jr. )-
Reprinted from BB Archives-Newsletter no. 106.
New member Robert Wolf, with ties to southern Burgenland, is president of the
local New Britain Austrian club. He writes:
"By using the net I have come across your site and noticed you were doing
research or looking for information regarding Muhlgraben. Others were looking for
the town of Minihof-Liebau. We have relatives in these villages with the
names of Wolf and Uitz. I am also president of the Austrian Sick Benefit Society
or Donau Club located in New Britain Connecticut There are many Austrians who
immigrated here to work in the factories from 1900 to about 1960. While we as a
club are lacking records from long ago, we still have some old timers that
have knowledge of immigrants who came here to live. If I can be of any help to
you in this regard, please contact me. I have also been to the towns of
Muhlgraben and Minihof-Liebau many times. Best wishes.Yes, please enter my name and
our club in your organization records. "
"As regards the interesting fact of there being Lutheran congregations in a
predominately Catholic region is certainly an interesting circumstance. My
grandmother was Catholic and my grandfather was Lutheran and I, as a young person,
always found this to be incongruous in a country that was 98% (ED. 84%)
Catholic. I will tell you what I was told in my visits to relatives in Muhlgraben.
The Turks as you probably know, ravaged the area around the 1680's.The people
were killed off or fled and the countryside was laid waste. After the defeat
of the Turks outside the gates of Vienna in 1683 and their subsequent retreat
and further defeats they were pushed out of Austria proper including the
Burgenland area.To repopulate the area, after its devastation, the nobles ruling the
area appealed to the rulers of Saxony for subjects to repopulate the area and
replenish the land. The Saxons at that time and even today are still
Protestants. The area I am writing about is basically the Minihof-Liebau to Neuhaus
area. I cannot speak for other areas of Burgenland. In Neuhaus are two churches
right next to each other. One is Catholic and the other is Lutheran. So while
I am certainly no historian, a relative of mine had done some research some
years ago and told me this version of events. Apparently it had nothing to do
with the Reformation. To this day in New Britain, there are two churches where
the Burgenlanders who immigrated here attend. One is St. Peter's, a Catholic
church, the other is St. John's, a Lutheran church. Some of the names of the
Burgenlanders who came here are Ruck, Weber, Mautner, Poglitsch, Kogelman, Kern,
Maitz, Knaus, Jud, and Pfister. Again, if I can be of further help please let
me know. I also have a few books in German regarding the history of the area
3. CORRESPONDENCE FROM MUEHLGRABEN-NEW BRITAIN IMMIGRANTS
Correspondent writes: Hello, My Name is Martin Wolf, I live in Mühlgraben and
I bring you some Information. Last weekend we had a festival in our Village -
620 Years Mühlgraben and we were granted a coat of arms - it was great.
The Graphic bellow shows the coat of arms granted to Mühlgraben (BB news
can't portray graphics but see website below.)
Now is also a historical chronicle available. More Information about the
will get here or www.muehlgraben.at .
So when you need more information about Mühlgraben or maybe relatives contact
me by mail.
My Ancestors were also many times in New Britain (Arch Street and Kensington
They went to New Britain with People called Knausz, Prem, Berghold, Holzmann,
Poglitsch, Prath, Uitz, ...The names are very common in our Village and in
My g-grandfather Johann Wolf (in 1889, was 32 years old), the Brother of my
Great-grandfather Gustav Wolf (in 1901, was 15 years old),my g-g-grandfather
Johann Wolf (in 1905, was 38 years old), my G-grandfather Johann Wolf (in 1907,
19 was years old) and more ...The Sister of my Grandfather, Theresia Wolf was
born in New Britain. The Brother of my G-grandfather Charles (maybe Karl or
Carl) Wolf stayed in New Britain and never went back to Austria. When Theresia
Wolf died, we lost contact with him. So for help to find relatives in New
Britain I'm very pleased.Best greetings! Martin Wolf -
Newsletter continues at No. 166A.
Subject: [BURGENLAND-NEWSLETTER] BB News No. 166A dated Aug. 31, 2007
Date: Thu, 30 Aug 2007 16:46:17 EDT
THE BURGENLAND BUNCH NEWS -No. 166A
DEDICATED TO AUSTRIAN-HUNGARIAN BURGENLAND FAMILY HISTORY
(Our 12th Year- Issued monthly as email by )
August 31, 2007
(c) 2007 G. J. Berghold-all rights reserved)
~AL MEIXNER MUSIC WEBSITE IMPROVED-MAJOR SOURCE OF BURGENLAND MUSIC~
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The second section of this 2 section newsletter includes:
1. Occupation Term "Curialista" Is Official Note
2. Graphic Of Imperial Austrian Eagle
3. Historical Burgenland Immigrant Obit Of Robert Unger
4. Letter From Burgenlandische Gemeinschaft To Bob Strauch
5. Lehigh Valley Burgenland Immigrant Obits
6. Berholtz Vs Berghold-A Name Study
7. Burgenland Wines Make Big Time
1. OCCUPATION TERM "CURIALISTA" IS OFFICIAL NOTE
In previous newsletter, Marsha Jenakovich writes "I am stumped by occupation
word--"curialista." Most online translators are too literal to give a real
sense of this occupation. I believe it might be a public official of some
sort, but whether in the secular government or church hierarchy is unclear. Can
anyone shed some light on what this might have meant in mid-1800s Burgenland
Klaus Gerger responds: In a marriage record this is most likely the
permission to marry when bride
and groom are related (eg. 1st grade cousins).
Martha replies: "There are two entries--one baptism record noting father's
occupation, and the other a marriage record that notes "familie curialista."
They are from a very small village (Lackendorf, in the parish of
Unterfrauenhaid). I'll send you a copy of the page when I'm able to get access to the film
2. GRAPHIC OF IMPERIAL AUSTRIAN EAGLE
Correspondent asks Anna Kresh: Would you be so kind as to send me an AI or
EPS art file of the Imperial Austrian Double Headed Eagle with Crowns. I am
trying to have one carved in wood, but the image I down-loaded is loosing the
detail. James F. Mitchell
Klaus Gerger replies: Hello Mr. Mitchell, I found a copy of fair quality at
Hannes Graf reokies: Hello all, I have one with 5500 x 7000 (2,5 MB)
and a smaller version with 3000 x 4000 (1,2 MB):
Anna Kresh replies: : Dear Mr. Mitchell, What a wonderful task you are
undertaking! I wish we could see the final results. I am sorry, but I do not have
a high-quality image of the Austrian Double-Headed Eagle. The best I can do
is to scan it at a high resolution and send to you as .TIF, .BMP, or .JPG
image file email attachment -- as it appears on the cover of our last Austrian
Ball program. I assume this is the image to which you refer. I am copying the
chairman of our Austrian Ball on this reply in the event that he may have a
better image that he could send to you. Anna Tanczos Kresh , Webmaster, Austrian
American Cultural Society (Internet Editor-Burgenland Bunch)
Anna later writes: It looks like you should now have enough image detail to
proceed, thanks to our BB and AACS friends. The .jpg images by Hannes are
indeed very large and detailed, so give them time to load. Note that they are so
large that, depending on your monitor size, you will have to maximize your
screen and use the slider bars to bring the image into view.
This should give you much of the added detail you desire. To edit you can use
Microsoft Paint (click Image > Stretch and Skew > enter the desired
percentage in the horizontal and vertical fields, then Save the modified image). Thanks
to all who responded to Mr. Mitchell's request. You are all genealogical
3. HISTORICAL BURGENLAND IMMIGRANT OBIT OF ROBERT UNGER (extract from Chicago
Tribune, courtesy Margaret Kaiser)
Margaret Kaiser writes: I found 3 obits, and copied them for the
Burgenlanders Honored & Remembered Site. As I was reading the third (Robert Unger) obit,
I thought this obit is so interesting on so many levels that it might be
included in the BB newsletter in its entirety under the "Historical Burgenland
News Reports" series. (ED. Note: Robert Unger was a Burgenland immigrant leader
in Chicago during the 1920's. He wrote a book of his life in the Burgenland
that was translated and published by his son. A few years ago, Bob Unger (our BB
west coast editor-no relation) arranged to have this book republished and
offered to BB members. We sold many copies.)
(Partial obit follows:)
Robert Unger, Grocer and Community Leader
January 8, 1985, p. 7
ROBERT UNGER, 87, a longtime leader in Chicago's Austrian community, operated
a grocery and meat market in the Fuller Park area, on the South Side, for 32
years and was president of the businessmen's sector of the West Kenwood
Improvement Association. In the late 1930s, he helped fend off an attempted Nazi
and German-American Bund infiltration of the Austrian lodges in Chicago.
.Mr. Unger, whose father was a tailor and grocer, was born Jan. 12, 1897, in
the Burgenland town of Kohfidisch. He was in the Austrian-Hungarian army in
World War I, on the Russian and Italian fronts.
After the war, he moved to Vienna, where he worked as a clerk in a
delicatessen. While there, he became a leader in the movement to transfer Burgenland
(then known as German West Hungary) from Hungary to Austria. His father,
Johann, working in the province for this cause, was twice jailed when the Hungarian
authorities attempted to crush the movement. Mr. Unger saw the movement attain
its goal in 1921 as a result of the Treaty of St. Germain. He then emigrated
to United States, arriving and settling in the Fuller Park community of
Chicago in April, 1922.
In 1980, in a privately published memoir, he wrote about his first night in
Chicago: "It was 'Neuland,' a new ground for me, one to which I had
transplanted myself and one in which I had to root myself, so as not to be swept away by
the winds of life into a vast emptiness, such as had been the fate of
thousands and thousands of frustrated persons in the course of time."
He held a number of jobs, primarily in road construction, in the 1920s and
1930s until he and his wife, Mary, saved enough in 1932 to buy a meat market and
grocery at 4425 S. Princeton Ave. In 1939, they moved the store across the
alley to 4424 S. Wells St. In the late 1920s, he had become president of the
Burgenlander Lodge, a mutual health and life insurance program as well as social
The Ungers retained the store until 1964. After the death of his wife in
1967, Mr. Unger moved to Arlington Heights, where he lived until 1970. He moved
to the Woodlawn section of the Bronx in New York, where he married Gisela
Noemyer, a widow, who had been his childhood sweetheart in Burgenland and whom he
had not seen in over 50 years. She died in 1975 and he returned to the Chicago
area the next year, moving to Downers Grove.
4. LETTER FROM BURGENLANDISCHE GEMEINSCHAFT TO BOB STRAUCH
Editors Note: Our Lehigh Valley Editor Bob Strauch served as master of
ceremonies at receptions held for the visit of the Burgenland delegation last April.
Many others were involved but Bob's hand could be found in most everything.
Dr. Walter Dujmovits, BG President, was moved to send the following (literal
and partial translation):
First I would like to welcome you to our circle as a new honor member of the
Burgenländ community. You really earned this honor a long time ago. We
experienced it again, when we were with you in April. Bobby, you are a great Bursch
(a notable young man), you were involved (in everything) hand and foot.
Your arrangements for the 90-Year anniversary reception were excellent. The
members of the delegation felt that it could have gone on all night (a few
hours more.) For the BG and for our future this experience was most important.
Except for Vice-Governor Steindl, the members of the delegation did not know you
but they thoroughly enjoyed the experience and meeting you. The bridging to
the Burgenland Bunch is also very important and it is very much because of you
that it will succeed.
I am sorry that I did not know that your parents were nearby, I would very
gladly have spoken with them. Hopefully I will have another opportunity.
Dear Bobby, the executive committee of the BG and I personally thank you for
everything. Machts gute and remain successful. With very cordial greetings I
Your Walter Dujmovits (President Burgenlandische Gemeinschaft)
5. LEHIGH VALLEY OBITS
Lena Iwantsch, 92, of Whitehall, formerly of North Catasauqua and Allentown,
passed away on Monday, June 4, 2007 in the home of her daughter Marlene
Schadler. She was the wife of the late Julius Iwantsch. Born in Rosendorf,
Burgenland, Austria, she was a daughter of the late Anton and Bertha (Stokl) Supper.
Ferdinand J. "Fred" Györy, 79, of Whitehall, formerly of Allentown, passed
away Sunday, August 12, 2007, in Whitehall Manor. Born in Rábafüzes
(Raabfidisch), Vas megye, Hungary, he was a son of the late John Sr. and Julia (Toro)
Györy. He was a member of the Austrian-Hungarian Veterans' Society, Allentown; the
Coplay Sängerbund, and the Hianz'nchor Austrian Singers.
Frank J. Hacker, 85, a lifelong resident of Coplay died Tuesday, August 21,
2007. Born August 23, 1921 in Gerersdorf bei Güssing, Burgenland, Austria to
the late Florian and Julianna (Breitfeller) Hacker, he was married to Kathryn
6. BERHOLTZ VS BERGHOLD-A NAME STUDY
Correspondent writes: Thank you for this great site. I looked up my name"
Berholtz" which is a derivation of the Geman/Polish "Berholz" or "Bercholz" or
I found out form your site it means "Mountain woods" and I am proud to tell
my children that. If you find anyone else with that name, please let me know.
I hear there is a small suburb outside of Potsdam with that name/
Reply-I've spent a lot of time researching the origin of my name. The first
approach was to do what you've done which is to make a literal translation. I
came up with Mountain (hill)-but I found "hold" was an adjective meaning
pleasant so I assumed Berghold was defined as "pleasant hill or mountain." Not too
satisfied with that, I then thought of "holtz" or wood as you have done. "D'" &
"T" are often interchanged in Germanic phonetic spellings. I soon found that
all "wood" (holt or holtz) references (often Scandinavian names) similar to
Berghold were not connected, nor were "Birch" as in Birchtold or birch woods.
As I ventured deep into Burgenland (western Hungary -eastern Austria since
1921)-and Styrian (Austrian province next to Burgenland) genealogy, I found many
Bergholds. I also found that "hold" was an early Germanic term for "piece of
ground" or land holding. A "hold" was defined by the Austrian crown as a piece
of land capable of sustaining a family-about 17 acres plus some wood land,
common pasture, reed patches and riparian rights. Later I found that eastern
Styrian farmers who worked in vineyards were referred to as Bergholde in the
early Germanic-Styrian dialect. Many migrated next door to Hungary following the
Counter Reformation in the late 1600's-early 1700's. The light went on and it
was obvious that at least in Austria-Hungary, Berghold means "someone
associated with a mountain vineyard." Searching the church records of the areas
mentioned soon found my family of Bergholds and I was able to link them to about 1650
to their origin in Styria. Bergs were too steep to plow so they were planted
in vineyards or orchards. The vineyard connection followed. As a matter of
fact, I also found that many of my ancestors were vineyard workers or owners.
Spelling similarities are not by themselves a good indication of genealogical
association. The shifts in language and spelling can be misleading.
Geographic area must also be considered since pronunciation (often leading to different
phonetic spellings) will cause differences as one moves throughout the 400+
dialects found in the Germanic areas. I believe you are probably correct in
your translation but I'd be happier to see Bergholt or Bergholtz-the elimination
of that "g" bothers me. Even a "k" would help, but given the geographic area
in which you are finding your name-it's very possible the "G" has been dropped.
I'm not that familiar with spelling shifts between German and Polish. One way
to zero in is to find the geographic areas, where your name is still
prevalent-the online phone books are good for this. If you can then find the
village(s) of origin, the church records are the best bet for proof.
Unfortunately the Burgenland is too far east for your purpose so our records
can't help you much but I'm glad they've provided some help. I wouldn't stop
until I found that village of origin. Also try the Ellis Island records-they
may just point you to a village.
7. BURGENLAND WINES MAKE BIG TIME (from Frank Paukowits)
I recently had dinner for a special occasion at Del Friscos, which is one of
the top steak houses in New York City. When they passed around the dessert
wine list, I happened to notice there was a collection of wines listed from
Burgenland. They were all from the Kracher Winery, which I later found out is in
I spoke to the wine steward and she said these wines were very popular and
were of the highest quality and comparable to some of the French wines, which
historically have been considered the best in the world Unfortunately, I didn't
have any. The wine was only sold by the bottle, and at $100 a clip it was a
little beyond my budget.
Illmitz, where the Winery is located, is in the "Seewinkel" section of
Burgenland, which means corner of the lake. It is on the eastern side of Neusiedl
See., where the weather is ideal for growing grapes. The summers are hot and
dry and the winters are cold, but the nearby water serves to moderate extremes.
According to the Kracher website, the winery is a family-owned business,
which was started by Alois Kracher, who is now 73 years old. His son Luis, who is
a trained chemist, and his grandson Gerhard have major roles in the daily
activities of the business. Their wines are distributed worldwide, and the
distributor in the States is Vin Divino Ltd. in Chicago. Hurrah for the Kracher
family and their accomplishments and for the recognition they bring to
Burgenland.........the land of our ancestors.
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