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March 5, 2015

Wines from a Baroque Monastery

Wine tasting in a Baroque monastery in Austria is an experience unlike anything you will find in the USA.

For some 900 years the Augustine monks have been on this site engaging in spiritual and cultural activities and, of course, wine growing and wine making. The Klosterneuburg monastery is located on the south shore of the Danube, upriver near Vienna. It was founded in 1113 AD by margrave Leopold III who later became the patron saint of Austria. It has a long and interesting history tied into the politics of the Catholic Church and that of numerous emperors, kings, and governments.

The monastery is a large complex of buildings. The newer buildings were built during the Baroque period, but construction was halted and some parts of the inside remain unfinished.

The winery has been in existence since 1114 AD and has an impressive four story vaulted underground wine cellar extending to a depth of 118 feet (36 meters).

While in Vienna in July 2013 we made a trip to "Stift Klosterneuburg" (Stift is monastery in German) and took the tour with a wine tasting at the end. The winery offers a wide range of wines grown in a number of different vineyards in the area - Grüner Veltliner, Weissburgunder, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer and others, all of a very respectable quality. The monastery and its state roms is spectacularly beautiful - just click on the pictures below.

If you are in Vienna and into wines it is a must visit place. Among many others. (Stift Klosterneuburg • www.stift-klosterneuburg.at/en/)

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