Stilisierte Karte von Rheinhessen

Mauchenheimer Sioner Klosterberg

Unconventional nuns and lime algae grip 

Historical sources reveal that the prioress of Sion Abbey in 1297 was "incompetent" and "impudent" (or simply unusually self-confident in the face of male rule). The Cistercian nunnery was founded shortly before 1247 by Truchsess Werner von Alzey. The convent burned down during the Napoleonic Revolutionary War and stones were used to build houses in Mauchenheim. The name of the vineyard site and a newly rebuilt wall with a bronze plaque still commemorate the monastery today. Various grape varieties thrive on the limestone and marl, from Silvaner to Morio-Muskat and Dornfelder. 

> More interesting facts about the history of the former monastery: 
> A document from Werner, Truchsess in Alzey "Alceia": 
> Discover various hiking tours around and near the Sion monastery ruins (Kneipp facility may be open),8.0245050/tours?max_distance=30000&sport=hike&map=true&startLocation=&toursThroughHighlight=654768&focusedTour=2324592 
> A Roman palace villa once stood in Mauchenheim.

facts and figures

Vineyard: 79 hectare Community: Sea level: 230-300 m Exposure: southeast

soil types

Limestone / Rendzina

limestone rendzina

Teritarian marine deposits from a calcareous algae reef

Shallow to medium-sized, very lime-rich, very stony, sandy loam soil, low storage capacity for soil water available to plants, rich in nutrients, rich in lime, good aeration, good heatability, limited rootability

Expressive, lively, aromatic, initially citrus, apple and gooseberry notes, with increasing ripe mango and passion fruit. Balanced acidity, mineral, chalky, elegant, multi-faceted, profound, closed in the youth, great development potential

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Marl / pelosol

Clay marl pelosol

Lime-rich clayey deposits of the teritary sea

Deep, calcareous clay soil with a high proportion of swellable clay, lower storage capacity for soil water available to plants, limited water permeability and ventilation, nutrient-rich, very calcareous, moderate warmability, difficult to root through

Full-bodied, dense, rich, moderate acidity, creamy enamel. Expressive, ripe, mango, apricot, honeydew melon, apricot. Less minerality, more fruity, full-bodied sustainability

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