Hödl Hof

Family history

From the beginnings of our distillery to the present day. Our family history is a living testimony to our daring to break new ground in all eras.

 

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1542
1542

First documented reference of the Hödl Hof (as fief of the Stubenbergers to the Schielleiten reign) in the 1542 “Gültschätzung” (tax estimation), which was necessary to finance the defence against the Turks in the Turkish-Austria war. At that time the farmer of the Hödl Hof was Hans Hedl. The value of the farm was described as very high (The net-worth of the farm was 9 oxes). Also the farm was described as a "purchase right", which meant that it was secured for the family as long as they did not incur any debts..

1593
1593-1634
Mertt Ratt at „Hettlhof“
1634
1634-1672
Hans & Katharina Neuholdt
1672
1672-1700
Georg & Magdalena Neuholdt
1700
1700-1706
Michael Thunst
1706
1706-1741
Michael & Barbara Dunst etc.
1741
1741-1783
Johann Georg & Theresia Dunst
1755
1755

Maria Theresa (1717-1780), Archduchess of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia enacted a tax reform – much in favour of the oppressed farmers. It was Johann Georg Dunst who was granted a "3 hectolitre distillation right" by Maria Theresa. At that time, only "good, hard-working, right-wing and orderly peasants” got it, as the text of the law said. Widows of farmers who died in the war were also entitled to it in order to secure them an additional income. This "Maria Theresian distillation right" now allowed the farmers to produce 300 litres of pure alcohol. In addition, they obtained the right to buy fruit for distillation in Austria. "Simple" severance distillers were only allowed to process their own fruit. This distillation right still applies to the business today and can only be passed on with the farm and used by its successors.

1783
1783-1814
Michael & Katharina Dunst
1814
1814-1843
Johann und Klara Dunst
1843
1843-1878
Johann d.J. & Konstantia Dunst
1878
1878-1898
Anton & Magdalena Dunst
1898
1898-1919
Anton & Aloisia Dunst
1919-1939
Aloisia Dunst
1939
1939-1943
Karl Dunst
1943-1966
Karl & Rosa Dunst

The wedding photo of the two served as a template for our company logo.

1952
1952

Leopold FIGL (Austria's first chancellor after the Second World War) with Karl Dunst during a visit to Stubenberg. Also a friend of good brandies, he could personally convince himself of the quality of our spirits.

1966
1966–2002

After years of intensive work Karl passes the farm on to the seventh generation Dunst. Franz and Gisela are now taking care of the inheritance. After graduating from farmingschool in Silberberg, Franz converted the entire farm to fruit growing and wine farming. His love of distilling schnaps filled his whole life. His wife Gisela stood by him and led the very popular “Buschenschank”.

1993
1993

Alfred Dunst, a graduate of the HBLA Klosterneuburg, founded a commercial distillery at the farm and devotes himself exclusively to the subject of "schnaps".

seit 2002
Alfred Dunst

Alfred Dunst takes over the fruit and forestry business in 2002.

2042
2042
500 year anniversary at Hödl Hof

...to which we already warmly invite you!