Set upon the blue slated slopes, along the Northern reaches of the Mosel River lies the historic township of Cochem. It is also the home of WEINGUT KLOSTER EBERNACH were continuous winemaking has existed since 1673.
The Terrassenmosel is extreme terroir, it is one of the most northern vineyard locations in Europe. This location ensures a very cold growing season that preserves the most exotic and delicate flavours that exist in grapes during the ripening period. The location truly is at the extreme end of the climatic limit for producing wines.
All the best vineyards are planted on steep, sloped sites to capture the rare warmth and light of summer and autumn to maximise the ripening potential of the grapes. Since the creation of these vineyard as far back as the 12th century these steep slopes (or Steillage) are generally formed into a small terrace with stone walls to enable better cultivation of grapes, hence the regional name, Terrassenmosel.
Of particular importance is the limited composition of the soil, predominately blue slate. The dark stone traps the warmth of the sun and prolongs ripening and gives a particular mineral flavour to the grapes.
The resultant wines are unique in flavour profile and minerality, feminine in their restraint and elegance, with the longest ageing potential in the world of white wines.
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The Mosel wine region is synonymous for the grape that all winemakers drink, Riesling. No person in the wine profession has ever had an aversion to it's elegance, minerality and fragrance.
Riesling wine is the best expression of place than any other grape variety, it is late to ripen however benefits from long 'hang time' in the vineyard, producing aromatic and mineral flavours from the soils from which it is grown. It is favoured for it's wondrous range of wine styles from fragrant dry-aperitif wines through to unctuous sweet-desert wines. All with natural acidity and balance that age longer than any other white wine variety.
Germany is by far the biggest producer of Riesling in the world of wine. It has over 22.000 hectares, compared to its' next rival with only 4.700 hectares. Germany is so dominate for Riesling that even the French do not allow it to be planted, except in Alsace. Why bother, when it is made here better than anywhere else in the world..
Of course it is the Mosel valley that is the true home of quality Riesling, its unique blue slated soils and extreme steep slopes make a range of wine styles that surprise, amaze and titillate the senses.
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The Ebernach Monastery continues to serve the community as a centre for mental health care under the auspices of the Franciscan order, Franziskanerbrüder vom Heiligen Kreuz. 300 residents are cared for here and it is a truly humbling experience to make wine within the grounds and bear witness to the kindness, generosity and loving attention of the Kloster towards its residents.
Here is our winery, our cellar-door, our vineyard and it is where we live and work and play together in a very unique, special and inspiring environment.
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Martin Cooper finds himself in a rare position in the Mosel winemaking fraternity, as the sole Australian 'New World' winemaker to share the space with oenologist and winzer families that have toiled this difficult land for centuries. Continuing the time honoured tradition of the Franciscan Brother winemaking in the Kloster, Martin Cooper brings a new energy and enthusiasm to produce some exciting wine styles of distinction.
With over 15 years of winemaking experience, making wine on several continents across the globe, Martin is realising his dream of making wine from his beloved Riesling along the terraced slopes of the Mosel river valley. He brings innovation and a carefree abandonment of the winemaking rules of Germany that often impede the best possible outcome for an individual wine.
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