The Alsatian vineyard
Alsace is located in the eastern part of France on the border with Germany and Switzerland. It is a very touristic area apart from its history; its colored half-timbered houses; its floral decorations; its diversity between the plains and mountains but especially well known for its wineries and PDO Alsatian wines.
Alsace is born from the separation of the Vosges Mountains and The Black Forest that wasn’t made a million years ago. This split gave birth to two seismic faults which go to the southern to the northern part of Alsace, bringing with it at the same time a rich soil unequal with not less than 13 types of different soils.
The Alsatian winery stretches out almost over the length of Alsace between the towns of Thann in the south and Marlenheim in the north. These two towns are linked to one of the oldest wine roads in France. The Route des Vins in Alsace (the wine road) goes through 170 km (105 miles) and in this way, allows you to discover some 51 Alsatian Grands Crus.
The Alsatian winery is a medium size winery compared to the rest of France for a surface of 15500 hectares (38301acres) around with an average production of 1 200 000 hectolitres (around 32 gallons) per year, all appellations put together.
Saint Hippolyte also knows a enormous diversity of soils with chalky-clay in the lower part of town bringing more roundness and fruitiness in wines but also the soils very weak in sandy granite in the town hills that brings sumptuousness and purity. It is also on these hills that the Saint Hippolyte Red is produced.
We produce our wines in the towns of Saint Hippolyte and Rorschwihr which is the neighboring town where the soil is similar enough with the exception of two places, the Silberberg in Rorschwihr where we produce a local Riesling and the Burgreben in Saint-Hippolyte where we produce our Saint Hippolyte Red.