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Eilfingerberg

Single location in the municipality of Maulbronn (Remstal-Stuttgart area) in the German growing region Wuerttemberg, the Maulbronn monastery belonging to UNESCO. There is a nice story about the origin of the unusual name. Since the monks were not allowed to drink wine during Lent due to the strict rules of the order, they dipped their fingers in the wine and licked it off. This was enough for the rule, because the wine was not drunk. Some friars wanted eleven (old high German "eilf") fingers to be able to lick more wine. Hence the name "Eilf-Finger-Berg". The vineyards, which face mainly south, as well as in the peripheral locations to the west and south-southeast, with a slope of 15 to 50%, cover 15 hectares of vineyards on heavily weathered reed sandstone with Keuper in the subsoil. Riesling, Traminer, Pinot Blanc, Silvaner and Lemberger are cultivated here. Since 1872 the “monastery piece”, the core area of the location, has been the sole property of the House of Württemberg. Today this is the winery Duke of Württemberg,

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