Dautenheimer Himmelacker (Field of heaven from Dautenheim)
Also known as:
11,000 virgins, an open-air stage, a wide variety of wines.
The name of the vineyard refers to the former Himmelgarten monastery in Alzey. It is dedicated to Saint Mary, the 11,000 Virgins and Saint John and was located in the western suburb of Alzey. Cistercian nuns lived there, since at least 1281. The single vineyard was first mentioned in a document in 1426 with the name "hinder hymmelgarten". No structural remains of the monastery are recognisable. However, the name remained. Various grape varieties grow on chalky, sandy loam. The "Freilichtbühne Dautenheim" (engl: “open air stage Dautenheim”) is located in the middle of this single vineyard.