alsacien vineyard
  Alsatian wines terroir
Rosenberg , Steingrübler ,
Hengst and Sommerberg
It is the close association of a soil, a micro-climate and the vintner's work. Terroir, with its specific soil, subsoil, sun exposure and vine training adopted by the vintner, will bring out the difference between simple varietal wines and more complex terroir wines.

Located on the fractal zone which gave birth to the Rhine Valley, Alsace has a deeply varied geological diversity.

Sheltered from oceanic influences by the Vosges mountains, the vineyard of Alsace has a semi-continental climate, with  warm and dry summers and autumns. Rainfall is one of the lowest in France.
Spread on 7 villages, our vineyard is made up of  55 parcels, stretching out on 14,5 hectares. These extremely varied soils (clayey limestone, sandy granite, alluvial gravel) make it possible to choose the adequate terroir for each grape variety :  this will allow the full expression of the fruit first, then the terpenic aromas linked to the terroir.



ROSENBERG in Wettolsheim
Each winegrowing village of Alsace has a number of 'lieux-dits' (places with a specific name, usually linked to local history or geological composition of the soil), known since the Middle Ages. Some of those 'lieux-dits' are today classified in the AOC Grand Cru. Others, while not listed in any specific appellation, are among the noteworthiest terroirs, as the ROSENBERG is, a terroir which extends the Grand Cru  Pfersigberg.

Its characteristics :

  East-oriented slope
  clayey limestone soil mainly, with rock outcrop on the ridge
  deeper ground elsewhere (little water deficiency)
  a slope favourable to all grape varieties, produces dry or mellow wines

Let us now evoke the other 'lieux-dits' of our vineyard, classified in the Grand Cru Appellation. Alsace has 51 Grands Crus. At the Estate, we have parcels on three Grands Crus and, geologically speaking, they are very different.

STEINGRÜBLER in Wettolsheim
  South-East oriented slopes
  300 m altitude
  a subsoil rich in muschelkalk limestone at the bottom of the hill
  an ideal soil for Gewurztraminer as limestone will balance the lack of acidity characteristical of this grape variety

A very spicy Gewurztraminer which will hold up to fragrant cuisine.

HENGST in Wintzenheim
  South, South-East oriented hill
  300 m altitude
  marl and limestone soil, homogeneous, rich in clay 1.2m deep at least
  important proportion of oligocene limestone conglomerate
  soil which is draining the water when it rains and  holding it back in dry years thanks to clayey layers

Young, the Hengst wines present a very expressive character. Bottle ageing softens them, completes the maturation process, rounds them off. These classy wines will surprise gourmets et connoisseurs alike with its astonishing  power to age well (10 to 15 years, or even more).

SOMMERBERG in Niedermorschwihr
  South oriented steep slopes (20 to 35 degrees of inclination)
  poor and dry soil, difficult to work, yet rich in mineral elements
  homogeneous subsoil composed of crumbled two-mica granite, also called granite of Turckheim

Riesling is King here. Young, the wines are lively and dry. After 4/5 years of ageing these great Rieslings, their rich and complex bouquet, added to the elegance and finesse of their body, bring much pleasure. They are racy, they are dense. This terroir produces the most prestigious Rieslings.

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

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