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Vandals kill 500-year-old ‘parent’ of gru-vee wine
VIENNA Police say vandals have destroyed a 500-year-old grapevine that is believed to have been a direct ancestor of the popular gruner veltliner wine, notes a report in Business Week. Police were called in on Thursday after vintners in the southeastern village of St. Georgen discovered that the vine on an outlying hillside was chopped into pieces. Scientists who have examined the so-called “St. Georgen” vine believe it was crossed centuries ago with a variety of traminer grapes to produce the first drops of the acidic and tangy gruner veltliner, known as gru-vee in the US.

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