Alsace

Alsace

The Alscace appellation (A.O.C) was created by the ordinance of November 2, 1945. While the other French vineyards obtained the certification of appellations of origin since 1935, Alsatian wines took a little delay before obtaining the definition by decree. as AOC in 1962 because of the peculiarities of local law. Only two other wine appellations exist in Alsace: Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d’Alsace. The third name, simply “Alsace“, includes within it nine grape variatals, such as pinot gris or riesling. AOC Alsace is then established in 1962 in the departments of Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin, it concerns parcels that have been the subject of a rigorous and precise delimitation based on historical production nuclei.

The wines of AOC Alsace, can come from a single variety. In this case, the name of the varietal may be indicated on the label. They can also come from an assemblage of several grape varieties sometimes called “Edelzwicker“. The climate of the region is continental and dry with warm springs, dry, sunny summers, long autumns and cold winters. The beginning of the grape harvest is governed by the prefectural publication of the ban des grapes. The first parcels harvested are those intended to give the grape for the Crémant d’Alsace. Indeed, they require an important acidity guarantee of freshness for the future wine. Because of difficult access in steep terrain for harvesting machines but also for qualitative reasons, the majority of the vineyard is harvested manually.

AOC Alsace is available in 7 varieties: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Sylvaner and Muscat. It also has two assemblies: The Edelzwicker and the Gentile. About 90% of the production concerns white wines, among these wines, we have selected those of the Hugel family, magnificent wines of grape varieties, classics of the appellation elaborated in the most prestigious vintages.