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Vine Vandals

4 years ago February 10, 2011 Feb 10, 2011 Thursday, February 10 2011 Thursday, February 10, 2011 6:40:32 PM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

Vandals chopped up a 500-year old grapevine in Austria that is beleived to have been a direct ancestor of the popular gruner veltliner wine. Vinters in the southern village of St. George discovered the vine was chopped into pieces and village leaders say it was severely damaged with survival chances unclear. Scientists who have examined the "St. Georgen" vine surmise it was crossed centuries ago with a variety of taminer grapes to produce the first of the acidic and tangy gruner veltliner, which is known in the U.S. as gru-vee.

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