Weingut Moenchhof, One of the Oldest German Wineries with a Monk-Built Cellar
Weingut Moenchhof is a winery in the Mosel region. It is one of the oldest wineries in the area. Cistercian Abbey used to own the winery in the past. Documents from Pope Alexander III in 1177 show that there were vineyards in and around Urzig village. The Himmeroder Monks built the cellars in 1509, which is still in use today. Archaeological diggings near vineyards uncovered one of the most ancient and largest wine presses north of the Alps. This discovery shows that viticulture has been going on in this region for 2000 years.
The Himmeroder Monks built the cellars in 1509 of Weingut Moenchhof, still in use today.
The Aim of the Winery
After secularization, the Eymael Family bought the estate from Napoleon in 1804 at a Paris auction. Robert Eymael has owned the winery since 1994, and Volker Besch manages the work in the vineyards and the cellars. The winery aims to keep the harvest low so that there is no compromise in their wines’ quality.
The Vineyards and Grape Varieties of the Mosel
The wines of the region reflect the features of the land. The vineyards are present at high slopes where there are optimum rainfall and sunlight, perfect for grapes’ growth. Weingut Moenchhof’s vineyards are present on the slopes of Erdener Treppchen, Urziger Wurzgarten, and the most prized, Erdener Pralat. The vineyards grow the native and ungrafted Riesling, which produces their classic white and sparkling wines. The wines have a unique taste and aroma. Famous hotels, restaurants, and wine retailers worldwide value the quality and features of the Moenchoff Riesling wines.