Kloster Eberbach Crescentia Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trocken is a dry Riesling made at the Eberbach Monastery wine estate. Not only is the Eberbach Monastery monastery one of Germany’s largest wines estates, it is also one of the most highly regarded. The Monastery has a history of over 900 years of viticulture and was founded in 1136 by Cistercian monks from Burgundy led by St. Bernhard of Clairvaux. The estate has passed through many owners including the Dukes of Nassau in the 19th Century, later in the century in 1866 it became a Royal Domain of the state of Prussia. Most recently, since 1945, it has been owned by Federal State of Hesse. Today the estate consists of 500 acres (380 acres Riesling / 80 acres Pinot Noir) and is managed by Dieter Greiner. Eberbach was also a founding member of the Association of German Prädikat Wine Estates or erband Deutscher Prädikats- und Qualitätsweingüter e.V. (VDP for short!). In order to be a VDP member, a wine estate must adhere to certain standards which are slightly more stringent than those set down in the German wine law. The grapes for the Kloster Eberbach Crescentia Rauenthaler Baiken Riesling Trocken are sourced from the vineyard on the hill of Baiken with it 60% slopes which is located to the south west of Rauenthal. The soils here are deep and stony with slate, phyllite, quartzite and loessloam which result in crisp, mineral wines with a great ageing potential.