One might believe that given its location and climate, Germany would surely be an unlikely home for viable wine production. But the Romans, known for their industriousness and ingenuity, obviously thought otherwise. The first to introduce vineyards to regions near the Mosel River, they established a love for winemaking which, while somewhat overshadowed by other European counties, continues to this day to be impressive in its own right.
As is the case with many historic winemaking regions, Germany benefitted from the dedication of monasteries. Both Benedictine and Cistercian religious orders cultivated pockets of land well beyond those nestled against the Mosel, bringing vinicultural experience that elevated both the process and the product. In fact, two of Germany’s most historic Rheingau region wineries, Schloss Johannisberg and Kloter Eberbach, both have their centuries-old origins rooted in monastic communities.