AIMÉSTENTZ, an active member of "Vignes Vivantes"    
  The Roman Vicus Vineyard,
Grand Cru Hengst
in Wettolsheim, producing
most excellent wines.
   
        " CLOS DU VICUS ROMAIN "
 
   
In 1969, while doing excavation work on the  Grand Cru HENGST parcels, Aimé Stentz discovered the foundations of a Roman stop-over hostel.
Being an archeology enthusiast, he not only authorized the diggings but went so far as to actively take part in them.

The excavations over, he agreed to the foundation works staying in the open. He also concured to their strengthening and planning out for the preservation of the site, under the regulation of the Monuments Historiques.

Etienne and Louis Stentz created the "Cuvée du Vicus Romain" in 1994 for the 25th anniversary of the discovery of the hostel ruins.
 

  Unique on the Wine Road of Alsace, the site has been listed as a  Monument Historique since 1970.

Two buildings are clearly visible : a stop-over hostel and a lookout post.


     
The Roman stop-over hostel
  Full-bodied, opulent and complex wines...  
Datation of the remains locates the site at the end of the Ist century of our era. It was then that the Roman Legions introduced the arts of winegrowing and winemaking in Alsace. Overlooking the Roman Road at the foot of the hill, this roadside vicus could host a compact population, sheltered under a roof, with neither heating nor comfort. Couriers on horse, liaison officers, numerous civilian and military population stopped off here to sustain themselves and to camp overnight.

Let us conjure up the classic MUSCAT vinified and marketed by AIMÉSTENTZ in Vendanges Tardives and in Sélection de Grains Nobles appellations.
  With the old vines of PINOT GRIS (about 35 years old), we produce the "Cuvée du Vicus romain", outstanding for its balance between roundness, fatness  and a subtle acidity which herald a not too heavy, yet racy, wine with structure and great ageing potential.  

 

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


tel: +33 (0)3 89 80 63 77
fax: +33 (0)3 89 79 78 68
e-mail: vins.stentz@calixo.net
 
The lookout post
    In the IVth century, the Alamans were in the Rhine region. A lookout post was erected on the foundations of the hostel. This post was part of the defense along the Rhine river, against the Germans, and had a real strategic importance : from the top, there was an open view to the East, North and South.
 

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