A guest in the Mostviertel near Mostbaron Distelberger

Toni Distelberger

In the spring, the Mostviertel is the most beautiful

We drive through at the end of April Mostviertel near Amstetten in Lower Austria. We immediately notice the pear trees, They are in full bloom. It should be over a million. This is what Gudrun Wiesenhofer from the Mostviertel Tourismus tells us. We are there in the spring for a few days. If I look around like that, then I believe her. The pear trees are everywhere on the hills, in front of the woods and in the meadows. Gnarly and old, they look.

They give the spring landscape a special ambience. It looks almost delicate. Delicate flowers adorn the tree tops. However, we are here to learn about the region's produce. The must, after which the country between the Danube, Styria and Upper Austria is named. We are guests of someone who is familiar with the production of must: the Mostbaron Toni Distelberger.


The must farm Distelberger
The must farm Distelberger


Guest at the Mostbaron Toni Distelberger

Toni Distelberger is one of the must farmers. Twenty of them have joined 2003 together. They want to help the must production to new meaning. Since the Second World War, lemonades had outstripped the must. On the other hand, must production had become increasingly unattractive. Even ancient pear trees were felled. An agricultural industry was seriously threatened. Toni Distelberger finally teamed up with other mustards. Since then they are working to improve the products from the pears. They also market them together.



With an unprecedented marketing campaign, they made the Mostviertel pear wine the trademark of their homeland. At any rate, musts are among the best in the world today. Even pears Cuvée have been around since 2013 from the Mostviertel. Toni Distelberger makes from his pears both juice and must as well as other products. These include, for example, a pear mustard that sweetens the smoked meat it serves us. A tasty combination.


Toni Distelberger shows us his fruit press
Toni Distelberger shows us his fruit press


A life for the must

We are looking forward to Toni Distelberger. In the days we are traveling in the Mostviertel we have heard from him again and again. Even his father has collected everything that has to do with must production all his life. From fruit presses to press houses. He finally made this accessible to the public in the Mostviertler Bauernmuseum. That's how we first see the buildings of the museum. Opposite his son tests new pear varieties. With these he wants to secure his must for future generations. He also shows us his fruit press, which is located in the courtyard of his square farm.


Jungmost tasting on the Distelberger Hof
Jungmost tasting on the Distelberger Hof


From sweet to brut - the cider varieties in the Mostviertel

There we can also taste its cider varieties. He serves us his Baronmost sweet, the Amstettner Mostbirnmost, bacon biscuits and a pear foam wine brut. We should find out which of them tastes mild, sweet, full-bodied, half-mild, dry or tart and refreshing. Except for the Amstettner Mostbirnmost I'm right. But even if my assessment of musts is not quite right, it tasted all the time. While tasting the pear must, he explains that Mostviertler musts are made from special pears. These include the bacon pear, the Rosenhof pear, the green Pichl pear, the Dorschbirne and the Swiss water pear.


Toni Distelberger in front of his square farm in the Mostviertel
Toni Distelberger in front of his square farm in the Mostviertel


Proud Mostbarone

In the cellar of his farm Toni Distelberger finally shows us his must storage. He also almost shyly admits that he painted the pear on a painting on the wall. In any case, she has succeeded him well and expresses his passion for the must. He is proud of it. You can tell that in any case, as he shows us the rest of his farm. Anyone who wants to deal with the pear must can do so in the Mostviertel. It is also worth visiting Toni Distelberger.



Fam. Toni and Irmi Distelberger
Mostbauernhof, Mostviertler Bauernmuseum
Gigerreith 39
3300 Amstetten
Mostviertel, Lower AustriaTel .: + 43 (0) 7479 / 7334


Travel Arrangements:

Parking at the airport

Here you can reserve your parking space at the airport.


Arrival by plane, bus or train*. Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss will follow Vienna and moreover after Salzburg.

Car Rentals:

Cheap car hire - book here! *


Anyway, we stayed in the Relax-Resort Kothmühle *.

Travel Guide:

111 places in the Mostviertel that you have to see *

Tips on wine and drinks can be found at Wine tourism - wine regions.

Source: own research on site with the kind support of Mostviertel Tourismus. Our opinion, however, remains our own.

Text: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Photos: © Copyright Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
Video: © Copyright Petar Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline

A guest in the Mostviertel near Mostbaron Distelberger

Monika Fuchs

Monika Fuchs and Petar Fuchs are the authors and publishers of the Food and Slow Travel blog  TravelWorldOnline. They have been publishing this blog since 2005. TravelWorldOnline has been online since 2001. Their topics are trips to Savor, wine tourism worldwide and slow travel. During her studies Monika Fuchs spent some time in North America, where she - partly together with Petar Fuchs - traveled to the USA and Canada and spent a research year in British Columbia. This intensified her thirst for knowledge, which she satisfied for 6 years as an adventure guide for Rotel Tours and then for 11 years as a tour guide for Studiosus Reisen around the world. She was constantly expanding her travel regions, but curiosity still gnawed at her: "What's beyond the horizon? What else is there to discover in this city? Which people are interesting here? What do they eat in this region?" As a freelance travel journalist (her articles have appeared in DIE ZEIT, 360° Canada, 360° USA, etc.), she is now looking for answers to these questions as a travel writer and travel blogger in many countries around the world. Petar Fuchs produces the videos on this blog as well as on YouTube. Monika Fuchs from TravelWorldOnline is among Germany's top 50 bloggers in 2021. Find more Information about Monika and Petar Fuchs here.

18 thoughts too "A guest in the Mostviertel near Mostbaron Distelberger"

  1. Hello Monika,
    sounds exciting. I have not done a pear-weight tasting yet. Pear in liquid, I have so far taken rather high percentage.

    That there is even a Mostbaron - exciting. I remember the Mostbauernhof. ;)

    Sunny greetings,

    1. Hello Nicolo,

      that's it. The hospitality of the Mostbarone has impressed us. And a little alcohol is also in the birnenmost in it :).

      Best regards,

  2. Hi monika,
    It all looks like the best sunny weather and a great time! Such a nice tasting would be something for my husband and me! Thank you for your beautiful travel experience!

    Best regards,

    1. Hello Alexandra,

      That pleases me. When the pear trees are blooming in the Mostviertel and the sun is shining, a nice trip is guaranteed. In addition, the great Brettljausen at the Mostbaron - then it will be a perfect day.

      Best regards,

    1. Hello Ralf,

      Thank you for your nice comment. The Mostviertel is beautiful. We have been there more often and always discover something new.

      Best regards,

  3. Hello you two,
    find it very interesting how you can still learn something here!
    I did not really know pear juice, but it sounds like I should make up for it. I really like pear cider, and I think that's a similar story.
    Best regards,

    1. Hello Jessi,

      I'm glad if you like our articles. I think there is no big difference between pear cider and perry. That's just another name for the same drink. It tastes good in any case.

      Best regards,

  4. Hallo,
    what a nice and well written article. Since you want to go there immediately. I have never drank pear before, but since I like to drink cider, it would certainly taste very delicious!

    1. Hi Diana,

      then you will be guaranteed the perry. Cider tastes similar.

      Best regards,

  5. I love pears. But did not know that there are pear must. What is there. ;-) I would definitely like to taste. Delicious. Where can I get pear must now?

    LG Daniela

  6. If something is done with passion, it is usually also a success! I did not know pear wine until now. Exciting! But I have tried something similar in Australia: mango wine and even mango sparkling wine. That was really delicious, so I can well imagine pear wine.

    1. You're right, Sabine. And the Mostbarons are fully committed! The pear wine tastes a bit tart and is very refreshing - similar to cider. I have never known that with mango. Sounds interesting, too.

      Best regards,

  7. Such a decent pear must be something ... And the Mostviertel is an absolute highlight anyway - we have been there for hiking.

    1. Above all, it is very refreshing, I think. Until our visit to the Mostviertel, we always drove by on the motorway. All the more astonished we were when we took a closer look at the region. She has her own charm.

      Best regards,

  8. You really want to drive to the Mostviertel in spring.
    What is blooming outside pears and growing there in great variety?

    I would be happy if we could do a trip together again.

    Best regards,

    1. Dear Katja,

      we would be very happy about that. The pear blossom takes place at the end of April, the best time of spring. Then a lot of flowers. However, the pear trees in the region are the most noticeable, because they grow everywhere in the meadows.

      Best regards,

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