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Domaine Weinbach (Alsace)


At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill, you’ll find the Domaine Weinbach surrounded by vines and roses. Named after the “wine brook “, the little stream that meanders through the estate, Domaine Weinbach was established in 1612 by Capuchin monks.

The Clos des Capucins, a historic soil, extends over 5 hectares, protected by the surrounding walls of the former Capuchin monastery. The latter is quoted as soon as 890, the year when the empress Richard gave it to the Abbey of Etival. Nodding to the practice Domaine Weinbach’s label bears image of a monk with a basket of grapes.

During the French Revolution, the Domaine was sold as a national property. It was acquired in 1898 by the Faller brothers who left it to their son and nephew Théo.

Théo Faller, a prominent figure in Alsace winegrowing, strove to improve the quality of Alsace wines. As a fervent advocate of the region’s recognition as an Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (A.O.C.).  Théo was devoted to Domaine Weinbach. He developed, expanded and enhanced it.

With his death in 1979, his wife Colette and daughters Catherine and Laurence have carried on Théo’s passion for the great wines of Alsace and his unrelenting commitment to delivering excellence. Catherine manages winemaking and Laurence is in charge of marketing. Today Collette Faller is named Empress of Alsace. This fragile and rather charming woman keeps one of the most famous and old domains of Alsace under her tough control. 67 acres of Domaine Weinbach vineyards are situated in the very heart of Kaysersberg valley and hills. One third of well-known Schlossberg Hill with exclusive environment was the first terroir in Alsace to acquire the status of Grand Cru Schlossberg. Rich and various soils are perfect for Alsace vine growing and originate a wide and attractive choice of expressive wines.

All Domaine Weinbach wines are produced with estate-grown grapes; therefore great attention is paid to quality of stock.  The main goal is to grow prime-quality vine, which is one of the main components of genuine great wines.  They try in the estate to yield as late as possible making characteristic well-structured and aging wine with very mature grapes. 10-year aging is not a long term for this  Riesling. Riesling and Gewurztraminer are usually called Reserve Particuliere (names of different blends follow names of family members). Dissatisfied with a number of Vendange Tardive and SGN yields, from 1989 the family proceeded to making super-SGN under the name Quintessence (vine literary picked grape by grape).

With minimum interference with natural processes but keeping them under continuous attention, they try to disclose vine personality as full as possible.