The Terroir is every wine-maker’s basic inheritance and heritage…
The vineyard covers 51 hectares WHICH THEY HARVEST THEMSELVES and is spread across 7 villages and 150 individual plots, making for a real patchwork of different terroirs!
This particular characteristic is a real bonus. The composition of soil in each plot, the orientation with regard to the sun and the exceptional micro-climate of Alsace are all factors that go into creating the diversity and richness of their wines.
Main soil types :
– Rorschwihr-Bergheim :
Calcareous brown soil on Early Jurassic and Oligocene Marl, on loess and hard limestone. Produces generous, powerful wines that are ideal for cellaring.
– Orschwiller-St Hippolyte-St Pierre :
Stony, glossic grey-brown podzolic soils. Acidic cambisols on stony alluvium. Calcic cambisols on deep loess subject to low levels of leaching. Produces very aromatic wines, which may be cellared depending on the vintage in question.
Discovering Alsace Wines with Joanna Simon : Vendanges Tardives In this final film in our series, wine expert Joanna Simon meets Etienne Hugel from Hugel et Fils and Paul McKirdy of Domaine Zind-Humbrecht to taste the famous dessert wines from Alsace -Vendanges Tardives and Sélection de Grains Nobles. Harvested last of all and taking around three hours of labour to produce one bottle of wine, these raisined grapes produce delicious, honeyed wines full of flavours of candied orange, apricot, dates and figs. Just perfect for a variety of dessert and cheese dishes.
The Wine garden of Alsace A land of great wines, Alsace cultivates the highest possible degree of respect for nature and loyalty for its traditions. With rigour and patience, the winemakers of Alsace work to extract the very best of what the rocks, the vines and the climate can provide. They watch over the exceptional soil with as much case as the most precious garden. P.S.: Hortus Deliciarum (“Garden of Delights”) is a famous manuscript of miniatures written in Alsace in the 12th century.