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single vineyard in the municipality of Geisenheim in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau, west of the well-known Johannisberger Schlossberg. It was mentioned in documents as early as 1292 as "Via Clusen" and at the beginning of the 14th century as "Cluserweg". The hermitage at the foot of Johannisberg Castle was once a small Benedictine convent that had long been abandoned. The estate, which is still inhabited today, with its Renaissance building and late Gothic chapel in the Klaus location, is a reminder of the monastic era. The south-facing vineyards at an altitude of 100 to 155 metres above sea level with a slope of up to 10% cover around 50 hectares of vineyards on deep, calcareous loess loam soils with portions of stone and quartzite, as well as sea sand in the subsoil. The vines are well protected from the wind by the nearby Taunus mountains. The main variety cultivated here is Riesling. The Chat Sauvage, Erbslöh, Freimuth Alexander, Geheimrat J. Wegeler Erben, Geisenheim, Johannishof Eser, Prinz von Hessen, Schloss Schönborn and Trenz Michael wineries, for example, have shares in the site.

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