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Aulerde

single vineyard in the municipality of Westhofen (Wonnegau area) in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen. The first documentary mention of the vineyard dates back to 1380. In his work "Der Weinbau in der Provinz Rheinhessen, im Nahethal und Moselthal", published in 1834, the German winegrowing pioneer Johann Philipp Bronner (1792-1864) described the site, then known as "Auler", together with the site Kirchspiel, as the two best vineyards in Westhofen. The core site designated on old field maps as "Die Aulerde" next to the "Obere Aulerde" and the "Untere Aulerde" is a four-hectare area. Only about 20 hectares of the large site are considered privileged. The south-southeast facing vineyards at an altitude of 100 to 200 metres above sea level, with slopes of up to 10%, now cover 96 hectares of vines. Rows of hills to the west and north offer good protection from cold winds. The soils consist of metre-high loess layers with hanging loam with clay and gravel sands in the subsoil. The main varieties grown here are Riesling, Dornfelder and Silvaner. The wineries Dreissigacker, Erbeldinger, Geil Helmut, Groebe Friedrich, Hirschhof, Knobloch Klaus, Sander, Schwahn-Fehlinger, Winter Stefan and Wittmann Philipp, for example, have shares in the site.

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