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Liebfrauenstift (winery)

The winery is located in Worms in the German wine-growing region of Rheinhessen. It was founded in 1786 by the native Dutchman Peter Joseph Valckenberg (1764-1837). In 1808 he bought the still preserved part of the Capuchin monastery "Stiftskirche Liebfrauenkirche" in Worms and most of the original vineyards of the famous Liebfrauenmilch. The company's commercial rise began with the export of its own wines to England and Scandinavia. Among the early customers were the Swedish royal family, the Duke of Norfolk and the poet Charles Dickens (1812-1870). Around 1900, the English trading house Berry Brothers & Rudd sold wines from the Liebfrauenstift church property at the same price range as the great wines from Bordeaux, for example Château Margaux and Château d'Yquem. Already in the middle of the 19th century Valckenberg exported its wines to all continents. Peter Joseph was mayor of Worms from 1812 until his death in 1837. Today the estate is owned by the descendant in the seventh generation, Wilhelm Steifensand. The former Capuchin monastery is the present estate building. It is run by the managing directors Peter Bohn and Tilman Queins.

Liebfrauenkirche in Worms mit Rebflächen - Peter Joseph Valckenberg

The winery still owns most of the historic vineyards of the Capuchin monastery, including 90% of the Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück site. The vineyards comprise almost 13 hectares of vineyards, which are exclusively planted with Riesling. The vineyards are cultivated in a natural, environmentally friendly manner with low yields, promotion and maintenance of the soil structure and intensive foliage work. Quality criteria for the wines are selective manual harvesting of full-fruity grapes, gentle processing, slow fermentation of the must and long ripening period. The wines are produced in three lines, which differ in fruit, body and complexity. This is achieved by variously strong yield-minimizing measures with appropriate pruning, intensive breaking out of excess shoots, and thinning out with reduction of the number of grapes per vine and halving of the fruit. The assortment consists of a dry site wine "Liebfrauenstift-Kirchenstück", as well as a dry and a fine fruity estate wine.

Picture left: From NN - Own collection, PD-old 100, Link
Picture on the right City of Worms Public domain, Link

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