Located at the foot of the Vosges, the Alsatian vineyard is made up of a mosaic of terroirs, each giving a particular color to the grape variety that grows there. The particularity of our climate is due to the geographical position of the region: the Black Forest to the east, the Vosges to the west. The landscape is composed of a succession of hills between 200 and 400m of altitude. The natural barrier of the Vosges protects the vineyard and contributes to the particular climate of Alsace.
For the past few years, we have been working on 3 different locations: Rebgarten, Roemerberg and Vogelgarten.
The Rebgarten (Garden of Grapes, translation from German) is a small vineyard located in the commune of Bennwihr. Mainly made of granitic sand, the vines are south-facing which allows them to benefit from a favorable sunshine. In this area, we only plant Riesling, the grape variety that best expresses the mineral dimension of the terroir.
The Hill of the Romans, the Roemerberg of its name, is also a locality belonging to the village of Bennwihr. Facing east & south-east, the clay-limestone soil is ideal for Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris.
Located on the heights of Sigolsheim, the Vogelgarten (Bird Garden) is a sandstone limestone soil. Facing due south, this area benefits from an optimal period of sunshine which translates in our Gewürztraminer by a beautiful roundness.
OUR GRANDS crus
Since 1975, Alsace has also listed fifty-one Grands Crus, which differ by their privileged terroir, a particular geology, a specific climate as well as a unique exposure; all forming an exceptional agreement.
Facing due south on the heights of Sigolsheim, the Grand Cru Mambourg represents a surface area of 61.85 hectares. This terroir benefits from an optimal sunshine duration with a calci-magnesic type soil. The Mambourg vintages are very typical, of a beautiful concentration carried on the roundness and of long guard.
The Grand Cru Mandelberg (the Hill of the Almond Trees), shelters the village of Mittelwihr from the north winds. This terroir of 22ha is south & south-west facing on a marly-limestone soil. The presence of almond trees, rare shrubs at this latitude, testifies to the very favorable climate that reigns there. Planted in Riesling, the wines develop a pronounced fruitiness and an exquisite finesse.
To the south of the village of Bennwihr, the Grand Cru Marckrain lies on the wine road on a surface of 53.35 ha. Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris are mainly planted there, taking advantage of the east & south-east exposure on a marl-limestone soil. In the bottle, we find the typical acidity of the terroir associated with a developed expression of the aromas.
The Grand Cru Schlossberg is located on the heights of Kientzheim and lies at an altitude of 200 to 300m. On a steep slope, this terroir requires terrace cultivation. The exposure to the sun is south-facing and the soil is granitic. The 80.28ha are mainly planted with Riesling. The wines produced on these acidic terroirs are always very expressive in their youth