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The annual pear tree blossom set amidst those wide open spaces allows for undisturbed views. What appears as poetry to the ears is actually a feast for all the senses. Right here, in one of the most beautiful areas of Lower Austria, pear & other fruit trees mark the countryside. They are said to number close to one million, while 50 years ago there were some three million fruit trees left – on an area the size of about 5.000 square kilometres. You can either start counting now … or relax, lean back & hit “Play” while joining me on this trip to magic Mostviertel … !
What on Earth is a SEPP? While in German, this expression recalls a nickname for “Joseph”, in our case no handsome young Joseph came round the corner (perhaps this was for the better ?! 😉 ). The one who came was the charming and incredibly knowledgeable local lady Maria. She just had it all: Service? Experience? Professionalism? Personality!? She had it all and won us over in no time.
For an entire day, our “SEPP” joined us as our local, personalised travel guide exploring the Lower Austrian Mostviertel district, cruising along the Must Pass Road (using e-bikes!), through the park at Seitenstetten Abbey (just beautiful) and highlighting the top vantage points in the area. Besides, Maria kept telling us many a local story about the Mostviertel people, their traditional sense of hospitality, their Mostheuriger taverns as well as the “Mostbarone” local farmers association. So who are the “Must Barons”, besides being important as their title might say? Well, you’ll have to read on!
I have to really recommend you something now. I guess as a travel blogger, that’s what we do: To give you some good old, personalised storytelling and point you in the right direction with our experiences. I really recommend you stay at the RelaxResort Hotel Kothmühle, which has won me over with its relaxed and modern, yet typical regional ambiance – a successful combination of both. Beautiful really, is the elaborate breakfast buffet selection that lets my travel blogging colleagues Monika & Petar Fuchs of Travel World Online and me forget about the time repeatedly .. being busy eating and chatting ! (I guess for checking out the walking and jogging trails, I will have to come back myself another time … )
Going out for dinner is another great story. The Landhaus Stift Ardagger boasts a chef’s hat for its excellent cuisine, such as Mostviertel beef, typical sheep cheese or famous “Mostini” drinks, a mix of pear juice, pear must & Vermouth. Just so good! Have a look at this.
Situated straight at the highway exit Amstetten West, our “Mostbaron” Toni Distelberger welcomes us to his Distelbergerhof estate completely dressed in his traditional suit. Including a hat. This hat is what really started the must farmers’ association whose goal is to market the Mostviertel must produce to a national and international audience. “Der Distelberger Toni, der hat halt als einer der Ersten den Hut aufgesetzt – und damit ein Signal für uns alle!”, is what another farmer and “Mostbaron” Karl Hauer tells us during the “Day of the Must“, indicating it was the representative hut that got everybody else on board as a sign of local and regional identity. All this vision and hard work shall be honoured: Fascinated, we take a seat at the “Must Roulette”, a tasting event that we tweet and share live with our followers on Social Media. A professional must tasting event such as this is not so easy for complete beginners like us, but of course means a lot of fun! And the good part is, you do not really get drunk either: Must is good for you. … Great !!
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Mostviertel Tourismus to travel in the Mostviertel & experience this year’s traditional Must Spring Festival. All opinions are my own.