A common name for a single vineyard in the German-speaking world, usually derived from a vineyard run or owned by a monastery (monks). See also under Mönchsberg.
The name goes back to the former monastic property of the Augustinian Abbey of Klosterrath near Aachen. The vineyards, which face west to south-east at an altitude of 140 to 260 metres above sea level with a gradient of 10 to 75%, cover 61 hectares of vineyards. They consist of stony to slightly loamy greywacke and slate weathered soils. The adjoining forest above protects against cold air intrusion. The south-facing steep terraces are among the best parts of the inhomogeneous site. The Riesling,Pinot Noir, Frühburgunder and Blauer Portugieser varieties are cultivated, some of which are also grown at ungrafted. The Bertram Julia, Deutzerhof, Jean Stodden and Max Schell wineries, as well as members of the Mayschoß-Altenahr winegrowers' cooperative, all have shares in the vineyard.
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