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Klostermühle Odernheim

The estate is located in the Odernheim municipality in the German wine-growing region Near, It is located at the foot of the Disibodenberg on which the picturesque ruins of the former Disibodenberg monastery stand. Its origins go back to the 7th century, when the Irish monk Disibod stuck his walking stick into the earth and, according to legend, it started to sprout as a vine. It should be mentioned that Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) lived in the monastery between 1106 and 1147 and wrote her most important work "Scivias" here. The monastery mill has been the central economic pillar of the monastery for over 1000 years. The monks of the Benedictine and later the Cistercian brought the viniculture around the Disibodenberg to bloom. In the Middle Ages, the monastery mill was part of the monastery as an economic courtyard. After secularization in the Reformation period, mill and viticulture initially took over the rulers, the dukes of Palatinate-Zweibrücken. The Schmidt family had operated the mill and viticulture for eight generations since the 18th century. Gerhard and Eugen Schmidt created a Burgundy winery with a new company building and extended vineyards in the 1960s, including the privately owned Montfort site with five hectares.

The company passed into new ownership in 1993 and is now managed in the form of a KG by the managing partners Christian Held and Thomas Zenz (graduate engineer in viticulture). Since then, significant investments have been made in the winery and outdoor operations, and the vineyards have been expanded considerably. The vineyards cover 13.5 hectares of vineyards in individual locations Disibodenberg Monastery (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, as well as with the red varieties Pinot Noir (4.5 ha) and Pinot Noir. The expansion takes place in special small stainless steel tanks (600, 1,200, 2,400 l), wooden casks (1,200 l) and barriques. All red wines are aged exclusively in wooden barrels. The wines are usually aged dry. In small quantities there are also noble sweet specialties such as Eiswein, Bottle-fermented sparkling wines are produced from our own basic Burgundy wines. Since 2009 the wines have been sold in the "Boos von Waldeckscher Hof" in Meisenheim. The listed Adelshof also offers rooms for wine tasting. The Waldecksche Hofbrennerei Boos produces fruit and pomace brandies.

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