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History

The WINE ESTATE of the former cistercian abbey!

900 Years of viniculture The wine estate of the Eberbach Monastery, the latter of which was founded in 1136 by St. Bernhard of Clairvaux (Burgundy) has, through its tireless pursuit of quality, made wine history. This centuries-old tradition has led the Eberbach Monastery to become the largest German estate, a tradition carried on after the monastery‘s secularization in 1803 through the Dukes of Nassau, then beginning in 1866 as Royal Domain by the state of Prussia and since 1945 by the Federal State of Hesse as proprietor of the wine estate.

The Eberbach monks also led the way in the production and classification of their top wines from the best vineyards. Already at the beginning of the 18th century the monks established a „cabinet wine cellar“ („Cabinetkeller“) in their monastery in which the noblest wines gently matured. These wines served constantly as the most valuable wines of their time. Following this historical tradition our most precious wines are carefully manufactu- red in our cabinet wine cellars. For over three hundred years the indicator „aus dem Cabinetkeller“ („from the cabinet wine cellar“) has guaranteed wines with a distinctive quality standard.

 

 

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Vineyards

The Eberbach Monastery is not only the most valuable wine estate in Germany, it is also the German wine estate having the most steep slopes (70 hectares with a gradient of more than 35 %).It was recognized early at the Eberbach Monastery that special wines grow on the steep slopes in the Rheingau. This consideration shaped the cultural landscape in a special way in the past and still does so today.

Whereas former vineyard parcels in the area of the Mittelrhein now lie fallow, the wine estate of the Eberbach Monastery has stood fast in its commitment to the cultivation of these labor- and cost-intensive vineyards. The work on these steep slopes (e. g. our vineyard sites in the Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, Rauenthaler Baiken or Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg) presents us with special challenges. Because of the gradient only a limited use of machines is possible. The great amount of handwork – above all in the hot summer months – is especially difficult, even when often combined with a breathtaking view.

 

 

Wine with a historic quality standard

Hence, Kloster Eberbach has for centuries practiced a classification model which was adopted by the Verband Deutscher Prädikatsweingüter (Prädikat Wine Estates) and which, is utilized by all top German estates.

The range of products of our estate is structured according to this historical concept as follows:

ESTATE BOTTLING FROM OUR CABINET WINE CELLAR

• Cabinet Wine Cellar of the Eberbach Monastery since the 18th century

• These wines consistently ranked among the most valuable of their time.

• The grapes come from the most valuable parcels of land in our best locations.

• They are selectively harvested by hand and are limited to a maximum yield of 50 hectoliters per hectare.

• Following the harvest, a careful fermentation into dry as well as noble sweet wines of top quality takes place in the Cabinet Wine Cellar of our domains.

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Winemaking

Cabinet Wine Cellar of the Eberbach Monastery since the 18th century • These wines consistently ranked among the most valuable of their time. • The grapes come from the most valuable parcels of land in our best locations. • They are selectively harvested by hand and are limited to a maximum yield of 50 hectoliters per hectare. • Following the harvest, a careful fermentation into dry as well as noble sweet wines of top quality takes place in the Cabinet Wine Cellar of our domains.

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Inside information

The Eberbach Monastery invites you to take part in this journey. The monastery offers you the opportunity to experience such a journey with all of your senses. Let your eyes be impressed by the simple beauty of our monumental, Romanesque monastery church. Let your ears enjoy the musical pleasure of one of the wonderful concerts held here each year, for example, during the Rheingau Music Festival. Let your taste buds and nose revel in the delicate, fruity taste and aroma-rich bouquet of a noble Riesling wine in the historical "Cabinetkeller". Or enjoy the refreshing, cool atmosphere of the massive lay brothers' refectory on a hot summer day. Only when you have experienced all of these pleasures have you really been in Eberbach. And then, we are sure, you will return to Eberbach again and again.

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104 different wines with 301 vintages

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Wine Moments

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 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  30 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  30 wines 

"The 15th edition of the rare wine tasting of Kloster Eberbach featured an exceptional series of red wines from Assmannshausen with a great 1945 as well as impressing Rieslings from 1920 till to our days . The rich history of the wine estate started in 1136 with the foundation of the Eberbach Monastery by St. Bernard of Clairvaux. The monastery became one of the most important wine estates for in Germany as the monks realised very early the importance of quality. Kloster Eberbach became the largest wine estate in Germany and this tradition continued even after the secularization in 1803 by the Dukes of Nassau. Later, in 1866, it became a royal domain of the Prussian state and since 1945 the federal state of Hessen is the owner."

2y 8m ago

Rauenthaler Baikenkopf, Riesling trocken, Erstes Gewächs 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, Spätburgunder 1920, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Beerenauslese 2017, Kloster Eberbach
Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Riesling trocken, VDP. Grosses Gewächs 2017, Kloster Eberbach
Kiedricher Gräfenberg Riesling 1940, Kloster Eberbach
Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg,Riesling,Fl. Nr.19 1921, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baikenkopf, Riesling trocken, VDP. Grosses Gewächs 2018, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domedechaney Riesling Auslese 1953, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Beerenauslese 1953, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1960, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, Crecentia, Frühburgunder trocken, Goldkapsel 2017, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, Spätburgunder trocken, Mauerwein, Steigwein 2010, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1953, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Natur 1945, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg, Spätburgunder trocken, Mauerwein, Goldkapsel 2011, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domedechaney Riesling Auslese 1967, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domedechaney Riesling Auslese 1979, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder trocken "aus dem Cabinetkeller" 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 2017, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1962, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1963, Kloster Eberbach
Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Riesling trocken, VDP. Grosses Gewächs 2012, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1961, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domedechaney Riesling Auslese Goldkapsel 2015, Kloster Eberbach
Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg Riesling 1946, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domedechaney Riesling Auslese 1989, Kloster Eberbach
Rüdesheimer Berg Schlossberg, Riesling trocken, Erstes Gewächs 2010, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1964, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1920, Kloster Eberbach

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  31 wines 

The tasting “VDP Grosses Gewächs” presented the vintage 2018. On this year’s tasting I was mainly concentrating on the northern wine areas for Riesling: Mosel, Saar, Ruwer, the Rheingau, Nahe and Mittelrhein. The vintage is rather successful although water stress and heat have been the main topics and made the live for the vintners not easier. However the results are very convincing.

2y 8m ago

 Achim Becker / Wineterminator.com, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  25 wines 

"Alle Neune"-tasting with wines from 1859 to 1959.

2y 11m ago

 Teemu Korhonen, Wine Lover (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  30 wines 

Tasting of the White wines from all over the world.

3y 7m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  52 wines 

2012 Balthasar Ress Nussbrunnen Riesling GG: Pale lemon yellow. Apples, minerals and quite easy nose, light on it's feet. Elegant. Fresh acidity, nuanced and again light on it's feet but more intense than it sugests. Lovely balance, nuanced and really elegant, lovely, some would say light, long. 93+

3y 8m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  25 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  26 wines 

The 14th edition of the rare wine tasting at Kloster Eberbach was featuring the famous vintage 1959. In addition Dieter Greiner, General Manager of the winery, as showing a rare 1909 vintage as well as some excellent dry wines from 2009.

3y 8m ago

Steinberger Cabinet 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Eltviller Taubenberg Riesling 1909, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Leon Millot Natur 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Frühburgunder Natur 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Hinterkirch Spätburgunder 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Heppenheimer Steinkopf Riesling Spätlese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberger Riesling Spätlese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Kirchenstück Riesling Spätlese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Kloster Eberbach Rauenthaler Baiken Rheingau Riesling Spätlese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Wieshell Riesling Spätlese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Schönberger Herrnwingert Riesling Auslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Bensheimer Kalkgasse Riesling Auslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberger Riesling Auslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Rauenthaler Wülfen Riesling Auslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberger Riesling Beerenauslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberger Riesling Edelbeerenauslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Hochheimer Domdechaney Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberger Riesling Trockenbeerenauslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder Weissherbst Eiswein-Beerenauslese 1959, Kloster Eberbach
Raunthaler Baiken Riesling Erstes Gewächs trocken 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Steinberg Riesling "aus dem Cabinetkeller" 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Schönberger Herrnwingert Weissburgunder trocken VDP Großes Gewächs 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Domdechaney Großes Gewächs Riesling 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Heppenheimer Centgericht Grauburgunder trocken VDP Großes Gewächs 2009, Kloster Eberbach
Assmannshäuser Höllenberg Spätburgunder trocken "aus dem Cabinetkeller" 2009, Kloster Eberbach

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Weingut Schloss Vollrads Schlossberg Riesling GG 2017 / 95 points / Bright yellow colour with green hue. Elegant nose with ripe pear and Mirabelle, pineapple and hints of peppery mango in the background. On the palate well structured with elegant fruit, crisp and well balanced acidity, excellent length with lingering minerality in the finish.

3y 9m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  2 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Robert Weil Kiedrich Gräfenberg Riesling GG 2017 / 96 points / Bright yellow colour with green hue. Classic nose with complex aroma, ripe apricots, hints of peaches and citrus fruit, in the background discreet tropical fruit and hints of spiciness. On the palate wonderful tension, full-bodied character with complex flavour, fine acidity and great length. A wonderful and classic wine with great precision.

3y 10m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  1 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  111 wines 

2008 Blain-Gagnard Le Montrachet, tasted blind. It needed hours to open up, it started out quite yellow fruity with playful minerality below. After three hours it became far more nuanced, layers of citrus, minerals, apples, floral notes and the balance of this wine was out of this world. Minutes of aftertaste. I thought it was Domaine d’Auvenay Chevalier-Montrachet. 98p

4y 1m ago

 Markus Del Monego MW/BWW2022-Best Germany Wine Critic of the World, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  24 wines  from  Kloster Eberbach . In a tasting of  24 wines 

The 13th edition of the rare wine tasting of Kloster Eberbach featured a wonderful series of Pinot Noirs from the Höllenberg, down to 1938. A flight of 1958 showed the diversity within one vintage from different sites. A vertical of Steinberg and a great vertical of Trockenbeerenauslese were the great final of a quite memorable tasting.

4y 7m ago

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