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This centuries-old estate is located a few kilometers from Trier in the village of Eitelsbach, which is on the Ruwer River, not far from where it meets the Mosel. It is thought viticulture in this area dates back to Roman times; however the estate itself is named after the Carthusian order (Karthäuser) founded by Saint Bruno of Cologne in the 11th century. Monks from this order owned the estate and grew grapes here for several hundred years. In 1811 it was bought by Valentin Leonardy, and it has remained in his family ever since, and has been run by the sixth generation Christophe Tyrell since 1986.
Unsurprisingly due to steep slopes of the vineyard, all harvesting is done by hand, with successive pickings for the estate's different riesling classifications, from kabinett to spätlese through to beerenauslese and trockenbeerenauslese when the grapes have dried on the vine. The grapes are then taken to be vinified in the vaulted stone cellars under the estate buildings.
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