The endowed wine estate Vereinigte Hospitien (United Hospices) is located in the heart of Trier, Germany’s oldest city, a former Roman imperial residence and the center of Mosel wine. The figure of Saint James, which adorns the sculpture not only of the entrance to our winery but also our labels, is our trademark.
It refers to the Hospice of St. James, where pilgrims en route to Santiago de Compostela found a shelter. Later, the hospice offered the poor and sick refuge. Since our founding in 1804 by Napoleon, the winery is a part of an endowment with a social obligation. In this foundation, which also includes the Hospice of St. James, various social facilities are pooled together today. These focus on nursing and care of the elderly and are still partly financed from the proceeds of the wine estate. Our vineyards, with a total area of about 25 hectares, are located on the Saar and Mosel and are predominantly on steep slopes. They are extremely difficult to work and maintain. But these one-of-a-kind sites provide wines of great individuality and exceptional quality. They come in part from the property of abandoned Trier monasteries, which we received in the course of our foundation’s establishment.
Riesling has been cultivated here since 1464. Its cultivation was recorded in the accounting books of Hospice of St. James.
In other ways, we are inseparable from the cultivation of wine, which can be traced back on the Mosel to the Romans and is connected in particular with the cultivation of Riesling. The oldest written evidence of Riesling cultivation on the Mosel is from 1464. It was listed in the accounting books of Hospice of St. James. Today, Riesling is still the most important grape variety in our portfolio – despite an increasing popularity of red and white Pinot varieties, which we also grow in our vineyards.
In addition, we are fortunate to have Germany’s oldest wine cellar, whose origins can be traced back to 330 AD in the time of Roman Trier.As a founding member of the VDP and the Europäische Stiftungsweingüter, we see ourselves today as the administrator of a cultural and historical heritage, which we maintain with contemporary principles. The press in the wine trade confirms, again and again, our status as one of the leading producers in the Mosel wine region.