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Disibodenberg Monastery

single vineyard in the municipality of Odernheim in the German wine-growing region of Nahe, named after the monastery of the same name. Saint Disibod (619-700) was an Irish monk. On his wanderings, Disibod came to the Nahe valley to a place, according to legend, prefigured in a dream "... where two rivers meet". Disibod found this at the confluence of the Nahe and Glan rivers near Odernheim. After Disibod's death, a church and a monastery-like complex were built on the mountain. After an eventful history, a Benedictine monastery was founded here in 1108. The famous mystic Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) entered the monastery as a young novice in 1112. Cistercians from Otterberg Monastery (ex Eberbach Monastery) took over the monastery in 1259. The building, which now exists only as a ruin, was renovated in 1985. The last private owner, Ehrengard Freifrau von Racknitz, transferred the former monastery grounds to the Disibodenberg SCIVIAS Foundation in 1989.

The terraced vineyard, which faces south to south-east, is 138 to 216 metres above sea level and has a slope of 5 to 60%, covering almost nine hectares of vineyards. It is located on the ridge below the former monastery complex between the Nahe and Glan rivers and is protected from westerly winds. The heat-retaining 11-kilometre-long dry sandstone walls create a special microclimate on the terraces. The soil consists of relatively firm sedimentary rocks (sandstone, siltstone, slaty mudstone) or Rotliegendem with a high proportion of fine earth. The Riesling and Pinot Gris varieties are cultivated here. In November 2008, five overgrown vines of the Orléans variety were found there in an uncultivated area, which are presumably many centuries old. Shares in the site are held, for example, by the wineries Grossarth, Disibodenberg and, for the most part, Racknitz.

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