For as long as I can think, districts in my home province have been called after their most famous resources: Weinviertel (wine), Waldviertel (wood) or Mostviertel (must). Now, 20 years after first learning about these names in primary school, I am back as a travel blogger visiting “my own backyard“. It is here in the Mostviertel where, since times immemorial, people have grown fruit trees of all kind – apples, pears, cherries or prunes, celebrating the “Day of the Must” each year on the last Sunday in April. This always miraculously matches the annual tree blossom, drawing the crowds literally in thousands to come and marvel at the local “Mostbaron” people in Mostviertel. I can only say it is very worthwhile indeed! Let me tell you why.
The same kind of excitement about the Mostviertel goes for Monika & Petar Fuchs, wonderful and very clever international travel bloggers from Munich, having founded “Travel World Online” (“We live close to the airport, hence we are always set to go and explore!”), who are just as overwhelmed and enthused about the Mostviertel as I am, being the local lady from Lower Austria … Well, it is often that you first have to travel in order to appreciate your own backyard, isn’t it! Together, we look forward to time well spent in the land of the must, visiting top local must farmers in Lower Austria.
Seppelbauer’s Mostothek, Mostviertler Schofkas & Dr. Honoris Mosticus
Okay, this gets hard to translate. I even have to sit in for some extra training on my correct pronounciation as a local, let alone as a foreigner trying to … oh well. Never mind! Meanwhile, the Mostviertel has done one thing: silently reaching our heart and touching our souls! Because the people we meet, right from the beginning, are just so open, so welcoming, taking their time and sharing their vision of quality must production – we are drawn in right from the start. “You can drink more and still stay sober”, is what the locals like to tell us with a twink in the eye. Nice 😉
Disclaimer: We have been invited by Mostviertel Tourismus to travel in & experience this year’s traditional Must Spring Festival. All opinions are my own.