a foray through the centuries of the wine culture in the Rheingau: Begin your tour by the most significant cloisters of the Rheingau
in one of the most impressive monuments of medieval cloister
architecture in Europe. The former Cistercian's abbey Eberbach
belongs certainly to this which was founded by Bernhard von Clairvaux
in 1136. By the car you go about 20 minutes along the Rhine in
the direction of Eltville and by the vineyards until you reach
the cloister arrangement.
The extensive arrangement with
its Romanesque and Early-Gothic interiors became known some years
ago to a worldwide audience as
a scene of the filming of Umberto Ecos "the name of the rose".
However, Eberbach owes its real international standing to the monks
who cultivated the wine-growing more than 700 years. In the Middle
Ages cloister Eberbach conducted the most prosperous wine trading
venture in the whole world. Till this day twelve historical wine
presses testify in the layman refectory of the huge yields of the
cloistral growing areas. The abbey museum informs you in detail
about the history of the abbey and the Cistercian orders.
your way goes in the direction of Geisenheim to the cloister Marienthal.
The cloister Marienthal is one of the oldest places
of pilgrimage in Germany. Following is known about the development:
In 1309 the first pilgrim came to Marienthal, knelt down before
the Marien picture and asked the mother of god for help. He had
lost the eyesight, nobody could help him. When he knelt down before
the Marien picture, he was heard and could see. Enjoy the rest
and relaxation of the meditation way which begins directly behind
The third station on your tour leads back to Ruedesheim
to the abbey Saint Hildegard. It lies above Eibingen in the midst
vineyards and offers a marvellous look at the Rhine and the Rochuskapelle.
Hildegard von Bingen founded the cloister in 1165 and became the
first abbess. In the Thirty Years' War the Swedes pitched into
the cloister. The new-Romanic construction which we see today comes
from the year 1904.
Like all Benedictines the sisters also live
in Saint Hildegard according to the order rules which are more
than 1400 years old
and trace back to the holy Benedikt. Affected by God's love and
humanity, from paschal religious joy and a sober knowledge about
the people, she is unchanged in her essential statements also even
today. The holy Hildegard is world-famous. In 1998 one celebrated
her 900-th birthday.
Own vineyard, art dealer's shop and bookstore
and goldsmiths are the economic basis for the cloister. Beside
wine, 58 sisters also
produce spelt products, wine jelly, liqueurs and candles.