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single vineyard in the municipality of Monzingen in the German wine-growing region of Nahe. The name is derived from the steep, bare slope. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832) already praised a "Monzinger" in 1815. He did not mention a site, but Halenberg is considered the best site in the municipality. The vineyard, which faces south to southwest at an altitude of 160 to 240 metres above sea level with a slope of 25 to 60%, covers eight hectares of vines. The easily heated soil consists of a conglomerate of blue-grey slate with quartzite and pebbles, in the flatter part with admixtures of clay and on the steep slope with a lot of gravel and sand. The nightly cold fall winds are diverted by a hill above the vineyard. This is also where the small vineyard Auf der Ley, defined as a cadastral site, is located, a small part of which extends across the vineyard into the neighbouring single vineyard Frühlingsplätzchen. Only Riesling is cultivated here. The special climate favours the production of noble sweet wines. The Anheuser Paul, Emrich-Schönleber, Hehner-Kiltz, Schäfer-Fröhlich and Schauß Erich wineries, for example, have shares.

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