Dear German Wine Society Members and Guests,
You are in for a very special treat: “Abbey Wines”.
This tasting (and seminar) by our own Annette Schiller will show the decisive impact the
monasteries and the monks starting in medieval times had on developing viticultural
knowledge in Germany and elsewhere.
Annette Schiller is well known to the GWS community through previous wine tastings and
her ombiasy wine tours to Bordeaux, Burgundy and Germany. She has visited almost all of
the estates she will present on one or more of her tours and has intimate knowledge of
Annette will present 12 wines – 8 from Germany, 2 from France, 1 from Austria, 1 from
Italy (Alto Aldige) – that are still produced in monasteries. Some monasteries have been
secularized and taken over by government entities, some are now in private hands, others
are still today run by monks or sisters. The highlight will be the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot
from the Côte d'Or which retails for about US$ 180. In 1336 the monks of Cîteaux –
owners of the vineyard site Clos de Vougeot – were the first to notice that different plots
gave different wines and therefore laid the earliest foundation of the vineyard classification
The monasteries were always a center of intellectual curiosity and thirst for knowledge.
The monasteries had huge holdings on farmland and vineyards – mostly gifts of rich
aristocrats who at the end of their lives thought to buy a stairway to heaven. The monks
had to work in agriculture to sustain their living. Therefore the monks not only focused on
religious studies but also on studying better methods in farming and viticulture. The monks
were also instrumental in spreading the art of viticulture to other parts of Europe by
establishing daughter monasteries all over Europe. Without their work viticulture would not
have developed the way it did and would not have become a part of fine living as we know
it today throughout the world.
01) 2015 Bermatinger Spätburgunder, Markgraf von Baden, Bodensee, Baden
02) 2015 Clos de Vougeot, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru, Burgundy, France
03) NV Crémant, Brut, von Hövel, Mosel
04) 2017 Grauburgunder, Klosterhof Töplitz, Brandenburg, Saale-Unstrut
05) 2015 Saalhäuser Pinot-Blanc, Kloster Pforta, Saale-Unstrut
06) 2016 Eisacktaler Sylvaner, Kloster Neustift, Alto Aldige, Italy
07) 2016 Grüner Veltliner, Stift Klosterneuburg, Wachau, Austria
08) 2016 Riesling, Abtei Sankt Hildegard, Rheingau
09) 2016 Riesling, Weingut Liebfrauenstift, Rheinhessen
10) 2016 Steinberger, Riesling, Kloster Eberbach, Rheingau
11) 2016 Riesling, Réserve, Domaine Weinbach, Alsace, France
12) 2014 Riesling Goldtröpfchen GG, Reichsgraf Von Kesselstatt, Mosel
DATE: Friday, April 20th, Doors open at 7:00 pm; tasting begins at 7:30 pm. Please make
reservations by April 16, 2018.
VENUE: Harbour Square Club Room, 500 N St SW, Washington, DC. Marilyn Scarbrough
has reserved a few parking spaces, but we cannot guarantee these will be available. The
Waterfront Metro Station is nearby.
COST: $40 for members, $47 for non-members.
Cheese and charcuterie will be served. Alcohol consumption can lead to intoxication. GWS
members and guests should use public transportation, rely on a designated driver or taxi,
or taste the wines rather than finish them.
If you have any questions, please email Christian Schiller at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Annette Schiller at email@example.com
Attendance will need to be limited to 46 people. Make your reservation early.
You can pay on our website by clicking the button below or you can pay by check. Mail your check, made out to the ‘German Wine Society’, along with name, email, and telephone number to:Joseph L. Aguiar2501 Calvert St NWApt 501Washington, DC 20008
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