AIMÉSTENTZ
a story and a style
   
  Alsace Wines Aiméstentz
in Wettolsheim, on the
Wine Road, between
Colmar and Eguisheim
   
        THE STORY BEHIND AIMÉSTENTZ
 
   
Right at the heart of Alsace, on a 28 acre family estate, we set great value both on tradition and progress, thus respecting the natural heritage of our elders.
Four generations of the Stentz family must be mentioned. At the origin, there is great-grand-father Jacob Stentz (1867-1946) who bought "L'Auberge de l'Agneau" in 1919 and turned it into the seat of our viticultural estate as it is known today. Then, Théophile Stentz (1892-1966) took the estate a step further by vinifying his production and selling the wines wholesale. At that time, the estate then stretched on 3-4 hectares.
           
 












 

  The true founder, Aimé STENTZ (1928-1979) and his wife Angèle launched an expansion program, by having the estate spread on 12 hectares. In the Sixties, right in the middle of a viticultural crisis, they decided to switch to estate-bottling and started building up a customers' list. The range of wines also had to develop : Riesling was added on the wine list in 1964, Pinot Noir in 1967 and Pinot Gris in 1974.

In 1975 Aimé Stentz was able to offer his customers the full range of Alsace wines.

Since 1979, Aimé's sons Etienne and Louis oversee the estate.

1981 : production of our first Crémant (sparkling wine), which is lawfully allowed since 1976

1983 : first production of "Vendanges Tardives" (late harvest wines)

1985 : opening towards international markets

1986 : first "Sélection de Grains Nobles" production (nobly-rotted sweet wines) and thermic-regulation installing in the cellar

1989 : first pneumatic wine press and first production of « Rouge d'Alsace » (red Alsatian wine) harvested in the Hengst vineyard

1994 : first « Cuvée du Vicus Romain » Pinot Gris, 25 years after this historic site has been found

2001 : new bottling and storing cellar inaugurated

2003 : a second pneumatic press wine is purchased and installed. All grapes are now processed in a 4 to 8 hours smooth progressive press-time

2004 : no more chemicals are used to remove weeds in our vineyards

2007 : first « Cuvée Amatus 2003 », in honour of Aimé.
Reconversion to organic agriculture.
First wine-making by Marc, representing the fifth generation of winemakers. Marc had undertaken after a period of training in Burgundy and used the knowledge and experience gained to make the « Rouge d'Alsace » of the Clos du Vicus Romain elaborated with the features « terroir »

2010 : First vintage to qualify for Ecocert Certification. That is, from grapes grown using organic principles

2012 : Our first vintage of organic wine. Marc takes on the role of Vineyard Manager, responsible for all aspects of vineyard management; he also assists Etienne with winemaking duties.

 




Domaine AIMÉSTENTZ
Vins d' Alsace
37 rue Herzog - 68920 Wettolsheim

tél: +33 (0)3 89 80 63 77
fax: +33 (0)3 89 79 78 68
e-mail: vins.stentz@calixo.net

 

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