Bischöfliches Priesterseminar

The vineyards of the Bischöfliches Priesterseminar (Episcopal Seminary)
comprise 34 hectares of land, including sites such as Erdener Treppchen and Trittenheimer Apotheke on the Mosel, Kaseler Nies’chen on the Ruwer, and Ayler Kupp on the Saar.

In 1773, Archbishop-Elector Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony founded the Bischöfliche Priesterseminar under the name “Seminarium Clementinum.” To date, it is still the training center of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trier for the priesthood.

Information about Archbishop-Elector Clemens Wenceslaus

The 200th anniversary of Clemens Wenceslaus’s death was in July 2012. To be exact, he died on July 27, 1812, in Marktoberdorf in Allgäu. He was the Archbishop-Elector of Trier, Prince-Bishop of Augsburg, and Prince-Provostry of Ellwangen, among other titles. In addition, he was one of the most


senior princes in the Holy Roman Empire.

Prince Clemens Wenceslaus of Saxony was open to the ideas of the Enlightenment. It comes as no surprise that as Elector of Trier he built up the school system


even further in order to promote education and prosperity as well as to support the establishment of charitable institutions.

On October 30, 1787, he issued a regulation to improve the quality of the local wine industry.


Within seven years, as much Riesling as possible should be planted in the Mosel region.

On the 200th anniversary of his death, the European Academy for Wine and Culture gave in the cellars of Bischöfliche Weingüter Trier a series of lectures


and a Riesling back-vintage tasting, including wines dating back to 1937.