Small, fine, French – the small temple surrounded by vines
It is one of the smallest single vineyards in Rheinhessen: the "Elsheimer Tempelchen" with ten hectares of vineyards (six hectares planted, as of 2021) is surrounded by a stone wall. Just like in France? Yes! In the center of the vines an arcaded hall with pillars and a sundial is visible from afar. The "little temple" was probably built in Napoleonic times. The Windhäuser Hof, above the single vineyard, was the summer residence of Baron Jeanbon St. André. He sent the wine to the garrison in Mainz. Three dedicated winegrowers have renovated the little temple and planted classic vines: The lower slope is dominated by shell limestone, the upper by loess soil. Ideal for Riesling, Pinot or Silvaner.
> To the other sites of Elsheim: Bockstein
> Three winegrowers own the Elsheimer Tempelchen: https://www.elsheimer-tempelchen.de/
> Information about the prefect Baron Jeanbon St. André. He was at the head of the Donnersberg department. The people of Mainz called him "Schinkenandres" (alienated from French jambon = ham). http://www.ingelheimer-geschichte.de/index.php?id=296