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The winery is located in the municipality of Rüdesheim in the German wine-growing region of Rheingau. In memory of the mystic and abbess Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), the Benedictine Abbey of St. Hildegard was founded in 1900 above the municipality of Eibingen near Rüdesheim, and they have also run a winery ever since. The nuns also run a book and art shop, a spelt shop and various art workshops. They also organise "Hildegard-WeinWalks" through the vineyards. Arnulf Steinheimer is responsible as master winemaker in cooperation with Sister Thekla Baumgart. The vineyards cover 7.5 hectares of vines in the single vineyard sites Bischofsberg, Drachenstein, Klosterberg, Klosterlay, Kirchenpfad and Magdalenenkreuz (Rüdesheim), Mönchspfad (Geisenheim) and Hinterkirch (Assmanshausen). They are planted with Riesling (83%) and Pinot Noir. The average yield is 65 hl/ha. Environmentally friendly viticulture is practised. The white wines are matured in stainless steel, the red wines in wooden barrels. Mass wine (which is purchased by parishes from all over Germany) and Secco (sparkling wine) are also produced.

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