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Liebfrauenstift (Winery)

The winery is located in Worms in the German wine-growing region Rheinhessen, It was built in 1786 by the native Dutchman Peter Joseph Valckenberg (1764-1837). In 1808 he bought the remaining part of the Capuchin monastery "Stiftskirche Liebfrauenkirche" in Worms and most of the original vineyards of the famous Liebfraumilch, The business ascent started with the export of own wines to England and Scandinavia. Among the early customers were the Swedish royal house, the Duke of Norfolk and the poet Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Around 1900, the British trading house Berry Brothers & Rudd sold wines from the Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück in the same price range as the big wines from Bordeaux, for example Château Margaux and Château d'Yquem, Already in the middle of the 19th century Valckenberg exported its wines to all continents. Peter Joseph was Mayor of Worms from 1812 until his death in 1837. The winery is today owned by the descendant in the seventh generation Wilhelm Steifensand. The former Capuchin monastery is today's manor house. It is led by managing directors Peter Bohn and Tilman Queins.

Liebfrauenkirche in Worms with vineyards - Peter Joseph Valckenberg

The winery still has the majority of the historic vineyards of the Capuchin monastery, including 90% of the location Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück, The vineyards cover nearly 13 hectares of vineyards, exclusively with Riesling are planted. It is a near-natural, environmentally friendly management of vineyards with low yields, promotion and conservation of soil structure and intensive foliage work practiced. Quality criteria for the wines are selective hand-picking of fully-fruity grapes, gentle processing, slow fermentation of the must and long maturation period. The wines are produced in three lines that differ in fruit, body and complexity. This is achieved by various measures of income minimization with appropriate pruning, intense eruption of surplus impulses, as well thin out achieved by reducing the number of grapes per stick and halving the fruit. The assortment consists of a dry layer wine "Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück", as well as a dry and a fine fruity Gutswein.

Picture left: From NN - Own Collection, PD-alt-100 , Link
Picture right: City of Worms , Public domain, Link

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