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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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    Kloster Zscheiplitz is a family-owned residence, garden, art & event, and contemplation centre. All events, exhibitions, seminars, lectures, etc. are conducted and financed privately. We receive no government/ state support. Your gift will allow us to carry our work further, reach wider auditorium and to guarantee the future of a thousand-year old historical and architectural monument.
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    Wein des Monats: Rieslinge von Siegmund & Klingbeil

    Gegründet von Sören und Sebastian, alten Schulfreunden mit einer klaren Mission: Wein, der mehr als nur Getränk ist. Hier trifft ein studierter Önologe auf einen Freigeist und einen kreativen Weinverführer.

    Sören - Herz und Seele des Weinguts. Tagsüber Laborleiter, nachts das sympathische Schlitzohr mit einer Wein-Story, die von Geisenheim bis Freyburg reicht.

    Daniel – der Mann für Verkauf und Kommunikation. 2019 beim Weingut eingestiegen, nachdem er Sören und Sebastian in einem unvergesslichen Gespräch überzeugt hat. Seitdem wird sein Talent schamlos ausgenutzt, um für unser Weingut zu werben.

    Sebastian - das nicht aktive Gründungsmitglied, das aus der Ferne in Berlin zuschaut, ist der mentale Fels in der Brandung.

    "...Inmitten des Dorndorfer Rappentals, einer der trockensten und herausforderndsten Lagen im Saale-Unstrut-Gebiet, bewirtschaften wir stolz 1,5 ha eigenes Weinland. Hier gedeihen unsere kostbaren Rebstöcke, darunter Silvaner, Spätburgunder und Gutedel, in einer Steillage. Besonders hervorzuheben sind unsere bis zu 90 Jahre alten Silvaner-Reben, tief verwurzelt und widerstandsfähig gegen die Trockenheit. Diese Bedingungen verleihen unseren Trauben eine außergewöhnliche Intensität und Qualität, mit einem durchschnittlichen Ertrag von 21 hl pro Hektar.

    In enger Partnerschaft mit befreundeten Winzern dieser Region ergänzen wir unsere Kollektion um erlesene Trauben. Vom Steinernen Bilderbuch bis zu den Weinhängen von Werder an der Havel oder dem Dorndorfer Rappental – hier beziehen wir Riesling, Müller Thurgau, Sauvignon Blanc und weitere Rebsorten. Dank eines guten Netzwerks und unserer gemeinsamen Standards entstehen jährlich um die 8.000 - 10.000 außergewöhnliche Flaschen, in denen sich die Vielfalt und Qualität dieser Weinregion widerspiegeln."
    Rieslinge aus dem Weingut Siegmung & Klingbeil können im Pfalzgrafenkeller im Kloster Zscheiplitz von Freitag bis Sonntag von 10 bis 18 Uhr probiert und gekauft werden.
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