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Domaine Weinbach

The domaine, built in 1612 by Capuchin monks, was named after the little stream that flows through the property; Weinbach literally means “wine brook” in German. The domaine is located at the foot of the famous Schlossberg hill [it was the first vineyard in Alsace to receive Grand Cru status in 1975], between Kayserberg and Kientzheim. During the French Revolution property belonging to the clergy was sold off. In 1898 the estate was acquired by brothers Theodor and Jean Baptiste Faller,. They passed it on to their son and nephew Théo, who was an ardent promoter of Alsatian wines and instrumental in them being granted AOC status. When he died in 1979 his wife Collete and daughters Catherine and Laurence continued running the business and promoting it reputation. Tragically Laurence died in 2014 aged just 47, and under a year later her mother followed. Catherine Faller continues the family legacy with her sons Eddy and Théo. 28 hectares are under vine farmed organically and biodynamically; they have Ecocert and Demeter certification. There are vineyards in six different sites, each with its own distinct terroir. Clos de Capuchins, the historical 5 hectare vineyard which surrounds the winery and was originally planted in the 9th century, is under vine with Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Sylvaner, Muscat, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir on sandy loam soils with granite pebbles, and the wines produced here are fruit-forward. The terraced vineyards of Grand Cru Schlossberg are planted on granite bedrock and the sandy soils are rich in potassium, fluorine, magnesium and phosphorous minerals, which produce exceptional aromatic and complex Rieslings. Grand Cru Furstenturm, planted between 300 and 400 metres on marl-limestone-sandstone soils, produces Gewürztraminer with great aromatic finesse and long ageing potential. Grand Cru Mambourg, planted between 210 and 350 metres with Gewürztraminer on calcimagnesic soils on a base of limestone conglomerates and tertiary period marl, produces full-bodied elegant wines with richness and complexity. Grand Cru Marckrain, planted between 200 and 300 metres on marl-limestone soils with oolitic limestone pebbles, produces powerful Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris with highly concentrated complex aromas. The lieu-dit Altenbourg, planted between 220 and 300 metres on marl-calcareous-sandstone soils, produces superb wines from Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.
Weinbach practice minimum intervention - all the grapes are hand-picked, they only use native yeasts to ferment, and the wines undergo long fermentations in old oak foudre of 1,5000 to 6,000 litres capacity, eschewing new oak to preserve the purity of the fruit. Domaine Weinbach are regarded as one of the greatest producers of Alsatian wine. Each specific terroir with its unique characteristics is showcased to perfection in their exceptional portfolio of pure, intensely aromatic and complex, and totally delicious wines!