Our vineyards and terroirs

The estate grows vines on three exceptional terroirs: 

•    To the south, south-east, Altenberg de Bergbieten: the natural properties of this terroir made it one of the first hillsides to be granted Grand Cru status, in 1983. Altenberg covers 29 hectares and lies at an altitude varying from 210 to 265 m. Relatively far from the Vosges, Altenberg is ideally situated to enjoy long hours of exposure to the sun.
•    To the south-west, Thalberg: this is the south-western slope of Altenberg but is not classified as a Grand Cru. Thalberg is planted with a series of small parcels of old vines with roots growing deep down into the same type of soil as Altenberg.
•    To the south-west, Glintzberg is an extension of Altenberg, and the two terroirs also have several features in common: dolomitic fragments cover the surface of the marly-clay soils of the two hillsides, and this improves the soil's heat retention and water circulation properties.
The Keuper gypsum fragments in the subsoil bring a delicious freshness to the wine, and are of considerable benefit in years with low rainfall.

A disciplined approach, coupled with respect for nature and the ongoing desire to produce wines reflecting the authentic character of one of Alsace's finest terroirs, led us in 2006 to start the gradual switch to biological agriculture.
All our grapes are hand-picked.