The history of the winery with its headquarters in the city of Trier in the German Moselle wine-growing region goes back to the Romans. The origin of today's wine cellar lies in the old Roman masonry, which was built around 330 AD and is still partly preserved. The figure of St. James with a walking stick on the label of the estate bottlings refers to the St. James Hospital in Trier. Pilgrims on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela found shelter there as early as the Middle Ages. Later, the hospital offered refuge to the poor and infirm. In 1464, one of the account books of the St. Jakob Hospital documents the cultivation of Riesling. In the course of secularisation under Napoleon (1769-1821), the United Hospices were established as a foundation in Trier in 1805 and settled in the area of the former Benedictine Abbey of St. Irminen. To this day, the foundation's mission of caring for sick and disabled people is financed from a vineyard estate and other estates, just as it is in the famous Hospices de Beaune.
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