There are two good reasons to stop at this small village on the road between Valga and Otepää, and they both have a lot to do with rye. Sangaste is known as the ‘Rye Capital of Estonia’, which in such a rye-crazy nation is quite an honour. This is largely due to the efforts of the local Baltic German nobleman Friedrich Georg Magnus von Berg (1854–1938), who became known as the 'Rye Count' due to his successful efforts in developing a strain which is now grown throughout the world.
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