The wine yard is located in Orschwihr on the Alsace wine road in the Haut-Rhin between, the cities of Rouffach and Guebwiller.
We have been artisan winemakers from father to son for several generations. My father René succeeded his father Bernard in 1966. He was innovative in his environmental approach since he started grassing every other row in 1972. At that time he also started using stainless steel clips (reusable for life) to bind the vines. He has always practiced sustainable agriculture.
I was 19 years old when my father retired in 1997. I took over the business and continued his work. I now bring my personal touch to the company by directing it towards organic agriculture which was achieved with the 2021 vintage.
Our philosophy :
We attach great importance to our environment.
We use the lunar calendar as a way to follow as much as possible nature’s rhythm.
We practice the Poussard pruning method for the preservation of the sap flow which contributes to the health and longevity.
The result is a better grape quality.
Regarding the soil tillage, since 2011 we have been sowing every other row with a special mixture of cereals, legumes and cruciferous plants. This avoids mechanical plowing which damages the soil structure and creates erosion, thus keeping freshness whilst greatly promoting biodiversity.
We are continuing our step by step approach toward our next objective, Biodynamics.
Our Terroirs :
Our plots are located in the Bollenberg, Pfingstberg Grand Cru and the Lippelsberg areas.
The Bollenberg Hill enjoys exceptional sunshine throughout the year with one of the lowest rainfalls in Europe.
Mediterranean fauna and flora. The location is classified Natura 2000. The composition of the subsoil is mainly limestone.
The Pfingstberg is located between 275 m and 370 m altitude on medium slopes with South-East exposure.
This hillside enjoys intense sunshine and its location makes it possible to delay the harvest.
This promotes a balance between sugar concentration and high acidity.
The Lippelsberg plot is located below the Grand Gru Pfingstberg with a South-East exposure.
The composition of the subsoil is mainly sandy limestone.