|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.