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Klostermühle Odernheim

The winery is located in the municipality Odernheim in the German wine-growing region Near, It is located at the foot of the Disibodenberg, on which stands the picturesque ruins of the former monastery Disibodenberg. Its origin goes back to the 7th century, when the Irish monk Disibod put his walking stick in the ground and began to sprout it as a vine according to the legend. It should be mentioned that Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) lived in the monastery between 1106 and 1147 and wrote here her most important work "Scivias". The monastery mill has been the central economic pillar of the monastery for over 1000 years. The monks of Benedictine and later the Cistercian brought the viticulture around the Disibodenberg to bloom. In the Middle Ages the Klostermühle belonged as a farmyard to the monastery. After the secularization in the Reformation, the mill and winegrowers initially took over the sovereigns, the dukes of Pfalz-Zweibrücken. Since the 18th century, mill and viticulture have been operated by the Schmidt family for eight generations. In the 1960s, Gerhard and Eugen Schmidt created a Burgundian vineyard with a new company building and expanded vineyards with, among other things, the single-owned Montfort location with five hectares.

The company was transferred to new ownership in 1993 and is now managed in the form of a KG by the managing partners Christian Held and Thomas Zenz (Dipl.-Ing. Weinbau). Since then, significant investments have been made in winery and outbuilding, as well as significantly expanding the vineyards. The vineyards cover 13.5 hectares of vineyards in the individual layers Monastery Disibodenberg (Riesling), Montfort (Burgundy varieties), and others. They are planted with the white varieties Riesling (3.5 ha), Pinot Gris (3 ha), Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay and Silvaner, and with the red varieties Pinot Noir (4.5 ha) and Frühburgunder. The aging takes place in special small stainless steel tanks (600, 1.200, 2.400 l), wooden barrels (1.200 l) and barriques. All red wines are aged exclusively in wooden barrels. The expansion of wines is usually dry. In small quantities there are also noble sweet specialties like Eiswein, From exclusively Burgundy wines of its own, flaschenvergorene sect are produced. Since the year 2009 the distribution of the wines takes place in the "Boos von Waldeckscher Hof" in Meisenheim. The listed Adelshof also offers rooms for wine tasting. The Boos from Waldecksche Hofbrennerei produces fruit and pomace brandies.

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