Eight of the world’s oldest wineries

Schloss Johanisberg, Germany – circa 1100


First founded as a Benedictine monastery in 1100, the monks of Johannisberg Abbey in Rheingau quickly turned their hand to winemaking. Schloss Johanisberg is home to the world’s oldest Riesling vineyards and also claims to have made the first late-harvest wines in 1775, using grapes with noble rot to produce sweet wines, and creating the German category “Spätlese”. In 1942 the palace was hit by bombs and burned to the ground, but was restored to its former glory by Princess Tatiana and her husband, Paul Alfons Fürst von Metternich, by 1965. The grande dame, who was passionate about the promotion of culture in the Rheingau, lived at Schloss Johannisberg until her death in 2006.

4 Responses to “Eight of the world’s oldest wineries”

  1. Rastko Fajndovic says:

    What about Château Haut Brion, The Pontac’s Head and Samuel Pepys?

  2. CHATEAU LA NERTHE (Chateauneuf-du-Pape): first written record 1560, likely to have been established over a century earlier…

  3. Katja says:

    It was not Armenia but Georgia actually. Get your facts straight 😉

  4. Hilda says:

    Growing grapes goes back to 8000 BC and the first people who made wine were Armenians in Areni-1 Cave Complex 6100 BC.

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