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Abbey winery Heiligenkreuz - Freigut Thallern

The traditional winery is located in the municipality of Gumpoldskirchen in the Thermenregion wine-growing region (Lower Austria). It is one of the oldest wineries in Austria. Shortly before his death Margrave Leopold IV. (1108-1141) - son of Leopold III. the Saint - made a donation. He solemnly handed over the village of Thallern, which at that time was inhabited by fourteen families, to the Cistercians of Heiligenkreuz Abbey "for all time". The property comprised six hooves (Huben), eight and a half vineyards and four farms. The place name is derived from the word valley (the estate lies in a gentle hollow).

Since 18 October 1141 it was run by the monastic order in uninterrupted succession until 2009. According to spiritual regulations, the wine-growing village was converted into a grangie (from Latin grangium = storehouse), i.e. a religious estate worked by lay brothers. St. John the Baptist was venerated as the patron saint of the Grangium chapel, which was built in the main building. The Cistercian monks designed the estate on the model of the famous Clos de Vougeot in the French region of Burgundy. The estates in the Burgenland wine-growing region of Neusiedlersee in the three winegrowing communities of Mönchhof, Podersdorf and Winden have been leased for a long time.

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