Kloster Zscheiplitz
Family Museum
The KZFM is founded in 2014 by the von Hahn family with the purpose of preserving and disseminating the Hahn family heritage and the historical, social, and cultural heritage of the Zscheiplitz Monastery.
Kloster Zscheiplitz
Family Museum
The Museum is created in order to conduct systematic research into and the display of artefacts and objects related to the early history of the site, the residence of the Count Palatine of Saxony, as well as elements of the early gothic and renaissance building periods.
Kloster Zscheiplitz
Family Museum
The Museum employs no staff and is maintained and served by the members of the Hahn family, who conduct guided tours, curate and assemble exhibitions, perform conservation work, maintain the website, write and design information materials, perform research.
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The Palatine Wine Club offers selection from the best, family-owned vineyards of the Saale-Ustrut region. Delivered to you monthly from the one thousand years old cellars of Kloster Zscheiplitz!
Zscheiplitz began its life as a small Slavonic settlement on top of the hill overlooking the river valley – some time in the 7-9th century AD.
Subjugated by the Frankish military might, it became a residence of the Imperial palatine count Friedrich of Saxony. In 1041 he built his Weissenburg residence here.

In 1085 Friedrich's widow Adelheid donated the estate to the church. In 1089 Zscheiplitz became the Benedictine monastery. Saint Martin of Tour was its patron saint; the church, dedicated to him was erected soon thereafter and is the oldest one in the region of Unstrut valley.

After the Reformation and subsequent dissolution of the monastery in the mid 16th century the estate passed to the hands of private owners. Fields and forests, churches, vineyards and mills – all together the property formed a unique socio-economic universum, preserved despite political turbulence and wars.

Napoleon was an unwelcome guest here in October 1813, turning Zscheiplitz into a fortified artillery position in support of his retreating armies. Perhaps the biggest challenge to the village since the times of marauding Magyars in the 10th century was the neglect and disrepair of the Communist times. Deprived of any sort of repair over the period of more than fifty years it became almost totally ruined, with hollowed roofs, crumbling plaster and declining population. With virtually no one willing to take the responsibility for its future the castle was in danger of disappearing from the map of cultural and architectural heritage altogether.

10 th.B.C. 900 A.D.
920 A.D. 1085 A.D.
1085 A.D. 1560 A.D.
Archeological data shows, that the first human settlement appeared here in late Neolith, some 10 thousand years ago.
In early 9th century the first wave of the Frankish colonisation has reached Unstrut – by then a Slavonic land, inhabited by peoples with cultural, ethnic and genetic identity similar to that of today's Sorbs and Czechs.

Zscheiplitz was destined to become a central point of Frankish expansion in the area East of Thuringia. Sometime in early 10th century it became a place of permanent residence of the family, which ruled the area on behalf of German Kings and Holy Roman Emperors of the Ottoman dynasty – the counts of Goseck, Counts Palatine of Saxony, a cadet branch of the Wettin dynasty.
Named Weissenburg – White Fortress – the residence remained in the hands of the Goseck family until the death of Friedrich III. According to the Reinhardsbrunn Chronicle he was murdered by the orders of his rival for power, wealth and influence – count Ludwig of Thuringia. After his brief imprisonment Ludwig has wed Friedrich's wife Adelheid, who, in atonement of her sins, donated the residence and the land around it to the order of St. Bernard.
1945 A.D. 2008 A.D.
1560 A.D. 1945 A.D.
The ruins of the manor was acquired by the von Hahn family, direct descendants of count Burchard I von Goseck through maternal line and thus related to both Count Palatine Friedrich III and count Ludwig of Thuringia.
2008 A.D. 2021 A.D.
Before the land reform of 1949 the manor was owned by the Bila family, then, collectively, by 12 refugee families from the eastern parts of Germany.
By early 2000s the manor was on the brink catastrophe having lost two of its five roofs, all of its facade-and interior decorations, ovens and fire places, with dilapidated electric cabling, broken water pipes, rotten floors, broken windows and doors.

The Nunnery of Zscheiplitz was dissolved in 1540-s, with the death of its last inhabitant. The village and the estate became a property of prince Moritz of Saxony who created Zscheiplitz Manor to be owned exclusively by the nobility of the land (RITTERGUT). Only slightly affected by the retreat of Napoleon of France, who positioned his artillery on Zscheiplitz hill to cover his retreat from Leipzig on October 20 1813, the village was almost untouched by the 20-s century two world wars.

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Pfalzgraf Keller wine subscription: The wine of the month

Brilliant wines have been grown and produced here every year since 2007. The former insider tip for connoisseurs of Saale-Unstrut wine has long been an established wine producer. The numerous prizes at the last state wine awards testify to this.

2019 Scheurebe

Bottle size 0.750 l

Quality level German quality wine

Origin Saale-Unstrut (Germany)

Single layer Dorndorfer Rappental

Alcohol content 12% alc. Vol.

Residual sweetness 10.4 g / l

Acidity 5.6 g / l

Recommended drinking temperature of 12.0 to 14.0 ° C

Contains sulphites Yes

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Smell Apple and lychee aromas with a delicate note of nutmeg

Invigoratingly fresh taste with a sophisticated interplay of sweetness and acidity suitable for every occasion, especially with light cheese and salads

Storage 1 to 2 years

The Scheurebe makes almost as high demands on the location as the Riesling. It tolerates fairly dry, barren soils, gets along well with loess soils and with calcareous soils. Their wood matures for a long time, the long assimilation of the foliage enables high-grade grapes. The grape ripening is reached shortly before the Riesling, the acid degradation in the medium-sized berries begins relatively late. The variety is endangered by winter frosts as well as by botrytis and oidium infestation.

The breed found recognition in the 1950s when it was possible to produce Beerenauslese and Trockenbeerenauslese from the Scheurebe. Bred in Alzey in the Rhineland-Hesse region, it was mainly the winemakers in Germany's largest wine-growing region who planted the variety. It was booming in the 1970s, and the area under vines doubled. Of around 1,400 hectares of vineyards that are currently planted with Scheurebe, 740 hectares are in Rheinhessen, around 350 in the Palatinate and 105 in the Nahe. But winemakers in Baden and Franconia are also taking care of the aromatic variety with good results. With a share of 1.4 percent of the German vineyard area, Scheurebe is one of the most successful new German varieties.

2019 Rotling

Bottle size 0.750 l

Quality level German quality wine

Origin Saale-Unstrut (Germany)

Single layer Karsdorfer Hohe Gräte

Alcohol content 11% alc. Vol.

Residual sweetness 11.3 g / l

Acidity 5.3 g / l

Recommended drinking temperature of 10.0 to 12.0 ° C

Contains sulphites Yes

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Rotling made from 50% Portuguese Rosè and 50% Bacchus

aromatic-fruity smell with floral tones and gooseberry aromas

intense, fresh taste, a pleasant caramel tone remains on the palate

Recommended drinking temperature between 10.0 to 12.0 ° C, storage 1 to 2 years
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