The Reisetbauer Estate stands on a hill at the entrance of idyllic Axberg. 25 years ago, Hans Reisetbauer Sr. and his wife, Elfriede, started with only 1 1/2 hectars of fruit fields. This, however, has increased to 5 hectars through the years. Hans Sr. carefully tends to the fields, preserving the the precious trees which provide the sublime fruits used to craft his Eau de Vie. The fields are fertilized using grass mulch, with no chemical fertilizers.
In autumn the apples and pears that grow here are picked, then washed, crushed and pressed and finally left to ferment for six weeks. After fermentation, the juice is filtered off and is then ready for drinking. By this stage it has acquired the designation ”Most” (cider) which has lent its name to the whole region. The Mostviertel is Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. In spring the pear trees transform the undulating hillsides into a sea of blossoms. And throughout the year the fruit feature prominently in the region’s culinary traditions.
The Cider Barons- "Cider built all these houses" as an old saying goes in that part of Lower Austria known as the Cider Quarter. And what it meant can be seen in the imposing sight of the so called "Vierkanthöfe" (the enormous four-sided farm houses), the visible result of the prosperity cider brought to the region. The most successful came to be known in the vernacular as the "Cider Barons".
In fact, it was the aristocrats who came up much earlier with the idea to plant pear trees from which pear juice was pressed. As in the past, a noble title was conferred only on certain individuals, so it is now for certain farmers. They have earned it by their passion and commitment to the cause of the Cider Quarter and its unique pear cider. These are proud of their roots, proud to maintain local traditions and at the same time are forerunners of the culture of cider. The Cider Barons fulfill this with style - as producers of cider, distillers, hoteliers and restauraters.
They are instantly recognizable, both men and women, by their unusual hats, black with a red band and white plume. On special occasions, the women wear the black and red cider-quarter dirndl or national dress, while the men wear the local suit with a typical Cider Quarter waistcoat.
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In Austria cider is made in the south west of Lower Austria, the so called "Mostviertel" and in Upper Austria as well as in parts of Styria. Almost every farmer there has some apple or pear trees. Many of the farmers also have a kind of inn called "Mostheuriger". There they serve cider and also something to eat.
The UK is a cider-loving nation, but it may come as a surprise that Lower Austria's Mostviertal (cider region) boasts Europe’s largest continuous area of pear orchards. Take a leisurely drive along the winding 200km panoramic Cider Route with many themed stops along its way. Austria’s famous cider region. The route winds its way through orchard-covered hills before returning to its starting-point. Its length totals some 200 kilometres.
Sparkling Apple Cider, Hans Reisetbauer- Crisp, dry flavors of apple.