The "Weingut von Racknitz" is located in the municipality of Odernheim in the German wine-growing region of Nahe. It is the former estate of the Disibodenberg monastery. For more than 200 years, the estate and the ruins of the monastery have been owned by the von Racknitz family, with the ruins being transferred to the Scivias Foundation in 1989. Luise von Racknitz-Adams and Matthias Adams have owned the winery since 2003. The vineyards cover 15 hectares of vines in the single vineyards Rotenfels (Traisen), Königsfels (Schloßböckelheim), Kloster Disibodenberg almost in sole ownership (Odernheim), as well as Hermannshöhle, Kertz, Klamm, Kieselberg (Oberhausen) and Rosenheck (Niederhausen). They are planted with up to 60-year-old Riesling vines. The work is carried out according to the guidelines of organic viticulture. A special feature is the consistent vineyard and origin-related vinification, which brings out the Nahe's unique heterogeneity of soils. Fermentation is always carried out with the vineyard's own yeasts (no pure yeasts). The wines are stored in steel tanks on the fine lees until bottling, if possible. Except for the noble sweet wines, all wines are marketed as quality wines psr.
In November 2008, Luise von Racknitz-Adams found old vines of the historical grape variety Weißer Orléans running wild in an uncultivated part of the single vineyard Kloster Disibodenberg. For the grape variety researcher Andreas Jung, who examined the unusual find, these old vines are the oldest in Germany and probably even in the world. He assumes that they are at least 500 years old and date from the time (1559) when the monastery and the associated viticulture on the historic terraces were abandoned. Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) entered this monastery in 1112 as a very young novice. From the wild five Orléans vines, offshoots are grown with which a vineyard is to be re-established. According to EU regulations, the vineyard must be managed as an experimental vineyard. The first yields are not expected before 2014.
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