A Remembrance of the Past; Building for the Future." ~ Eve Eckert Koehler

Remembering Our Danube Swabian Ancestors

The Wine Growing (vineyards)

by Peter Lang
Translated by Brad Schwebler

    The wine cultivation in Beschka was very important.  Friedrich Scherer (vgl. Reg. No. 1630) reported that after the grapevines were destroyed in 1890 by the grapevine louse, the farmers, on the advise of Rev. Gretzmacher, took the wild American grapevines (Manticula and Portalis) and grafted them onto the noble European grapevines.  These grapevine stocks proved themselves to be resistant to the grapevine louse and the wine cultivation blossomed in Beschka again.  According to papers by Peter Ewinger (vgl. Reg. No. 458) about 13,000 hectoliters of wine was produced which according to today’s standards is worth about 2.6 million Deutsch Marks.  Besides that about 1000 hectoliters of Treberschnapps (schnapps made from the skins of grapes) could be distilled annually.

[Published at by Jody McKim Pharr, 2005]