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Kirchspiel

single vineyard in the municipality of Westhofen (Wonnegau area) in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen. It was first mentioned in 1348 in a deed of donation under the name "Kyrsbühel" (in other sources also Jierßbuhel). The name has no religious reference, but means "hill covered with cherry trees". In his 1834 work "Der Weinbau in der Provinz Rheinhessen, im Nahethal und Moselthal" (Winegrowing in the Province of Rhine-Hesse, in the Nahe Valley and Moselle Valley), winegrowing expert Johann Philipp Bronner (1792-1864) describes the site Kirchspiel, then called Karspel, together with the site Auler (which is today's single vineyard Aulerde) as excellent vineyards. The east to south facing vineyards at 120 to 200 metres above sea level with slopes of 10 to 30% cover 45 hectares of vineyards in the form of an amphitheatre facing the Rhine. The soils consist of loess and hanging loam with clay marl in the core area, limestone weathering loam and strong limestone skeletal layers, as well as limestone in the subsoil. They have a good water storage capacity. The site is protected from cold winds in the west and north by a row of hills. The Riesling, Silvaner and Kerner varieties are cultivated here. The Dreissigacker, Geil Helmut, Groebe Friedrich, Hirschhof, Keller Klaus, Schwahn-Fehlinger, Seehof Ernst Fauth, Wechsler Katharina and Wittmann Philipp wineries, for example, have shares in the site.

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