~ Kreuzfahrer brachten an des Rheines Strand ~
This is the story of the Crusaders bringing the grapevines to the banks of the Rhine River and the Roman Catholic Cistercian Monks in white robes with black tunics bringing life to the wine with their wine presses. The Cistercians were established at Kloster Eberbach (Eberbach Abbey) in 1136 A.D. on the eastern shore of the Rhine in the Rheingau (region of the Rhine) across the river from Alsace-Lorraine and are famous for their Johannesburg Riesling wine. The large etched stein is marked with the Mettlach logo and mold number 2122 and was designed by Heinrich Schlitt, ca. 1900.
Kreuzfahrer brachten
an des Rheines Strand
den Rebenstock aus heil'gen Land.
Des Weines in lieblicher Pracht
Kelter hat sie an's Licht gebracht.

Eberbach Johannisberg - on the lid inlay
Crusaders brought
to the banks of the Rhine
the grapevines from the holy land,
The wine in its lovely splendor
was brought to light by the wine press.
Translation: Roy De Selms
Photo credit: AndreAmmelounx - The Stein Auction Co.