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Liebfrauenstift (winery)

The estate is located in Worms in the German wine-growing region Rheinhessen, It was built in 1786 by Dutch born Peter Joseph Valckenberg (1764-1837) founded. In 1808 he bought the still preserved part of the Capuchin monastery "Stiftskirche Liebfrauenkirche" in Worms and most of the original vineyards of the famous Liebfraumilch, The business rise began with the export of own wines to England and Scandinavia. Early customers included the Swedish royal family, the Duke of Norfolk and the poet Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Around 1900 the English trading company Berry Brothers & Rudd sold wines from the Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück in the same price range as the large plants from Bordeaux, for example Chateau Margaux and Château d'Yquem, Valckenberg already exported its wines to all continents in the middle of the 19th century. Peter Joseph was Mayor of Worms from 1812 until his death in 1837. The winery is now owned by the descendants of the seventh generation Wilhelm Steifensand. The former Capuchin monastery is today's estate building. It is managed by the managing directors Peter Bohn and Tilman Queins.

Liebfrauenkirche in Worms with vineyards - Peter Joseph Valckenberg

The winery still owns the majority of the historic vineyards of the Capuchin monastery, including 90% of the location Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück, The vineyards cover almost 13 hectares of vineyards, which are exclusively with Riesling are planted. A natural, environmentally friendly cultivation of the vineyards with low yields, promotion and maintenance of the soil structure and intensive foliage work is practiced. Quality criteria for the wines are selective hand-picking of fully fruity grapes, gentle processing, slow fermentation of the must and long ripening period. The wines are produced in three lines, which differ in fruit, body and complexity. This is achieved through measures of different strengths with corresponding measures pruning, intensive breakout of surplus shoots, as well thin out achieved by reducing the number of grapes per stick and halving the fruit. The range consists of a dry, layered wine "Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück", as well as a dry and a fine-fruity estate wine.

Left picture: From NN - Own collection, PD-alt-100 , Link
Right: City of Worms , public domain, link

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