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The traditional winery is located in Baden-Baden, district of Varnhalt, in the German wine-growing region of Baden. Thanks to the surrounding mountains, the climate forms the perfect basis for the cultivation of high-quality wines. The Cistercian nuns of Lichtenthal Abbey recognised this potential as early as 1268, when they planted the first Pinot Noir vines on the Klosterberg rock, which they had imported from the mother monastery in Cîteaux near Beaune (Burgundy). Due to the secularisation measures carried out under Emperor Napoleon (1769-1821), the property fell to the Margrave of Baden in 1802. The margravial court administration sold the estate in 1864 to Rudolf von Koch, who co-founded the Deutsche Bank in Berlin in 1870.

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