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Famous monastery of the Cistercian order in a wooded valley behind the municipality of Eltville-Hattenheim in the Rheingau. The first settlement at this location was made by Augustinian canons in 1116. In 1136, Cistercian monks from the mother monastery of Clairvaux (Champagne) colonised the area, which is considered the year the monastery was founded. It is said that they also brought Pinot Noir (Pinot Noir) and other varieties with them. This makes the monastery one of the oldest wine-growing operations in Germany. The first construction phase of the monastery took place between 1145 and 1160, the second from 1170 to 1186 and the extension of the monastery building in Steinbauwiese took place from 1190 to 1230. In the 12th century, the Taunus slopes were cleared and by the beginning of the 13th century, the vineyards had reached their current level. Around 1500, the Eberbach monastery owned 700 acres of vineyards; the monks sold more than half of the yield.

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