The “Klapotetz” – our logo:
Used as a scarecrow, the “Klapotetz” was originally positioned in vineyards to prevent the birds from feasting on the grapes. It has since become the landmark of traditional Styrian viticulture and the landscape shaped by it. The name derives from “klappern” – to rattle.
One of the Klapotetz’ characteristics is its construction from different kinds of wood: The body is largely made of ash wood, while the wings (feathers) of the wind mill are made of pine, the sounding board of sorb; the joints, by contrast, are carved from extra hard bird cherry wood to absorb the mechanical strain. Another characteristic is the bunch of birch twigs used to catch the wind.
The original Klapotetz used to be only a temporary installation in the vineyards. According to tradition, it is erected on the days of St. Jacob and St. Anne, July 25 and 26. The custom of “setting the Klapotetz” is accompanied by a little celebration with family and friends. Once the last harvest is completed (Day of St. Martin, November 11) the Klapotetz is no longer needed and thus mostly deinstalled. Some winemakers even leave it place throughout the year. The rattling noise, however, can only be heard between the days of St. Jacob and St. Martin…