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single vineyard in Pillnitz-Saxony

single vineyard in the municipality of Pillnitz in the German wine-growing region of Saxony. The vineyard was planted in 1792 with vines from Burgundy in France. The vineyard was to be prepared as a model site for Saxon viticulture. It was owned by the Saxon royal house. After the plagues of mildew and phylloxera introduced from America had destroyed a large part of the vineyards by the end of the 19th century, viticulture was abandoned here. It was not until 1980 that "leisure winegrowers" organised in an association revived the area. The southwest-facing vineyards with 15 to 40% slopes cover 22 hectares of vineyards. The soils consist of weathered two-mica granodiorite with quartz components and gravel, sand and loam at the foot of the slope. The white wine varieties cultivated here include Müller-Thurgau, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Traminer. A special feature of the vineyard is the vineyard church "Zum Heiligen Geist", built in 1725. The producers Rogge, Sächsische Winzergenossenschaft Meißen and Zimmerling, for example, have shares in the site.

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