Vineyard Alsace

The vineyard of Alsace extends from North to South over a hundred kilometers with a surface of production of 15000 hectares (33.000 acres). It profits from a great diversity of soils, and a sunny and dry climate: oddly enough one of driest of France. All these conditions allow the favourable development of the vineyard and the production of some of the noblest high-class white wines of the world.

The vineyard of the Cave de Ribeauvillé: a vineyard of exception

The Cave de Ribeauvillé covers a single vineyard of 265 hectares with 8 Grands Crus and many soils of great value. The total surface is managed by a quality chart  which guarantees strict control of the yields, sustainable growth of the vineyards or even organic farming, and……manual harvest.  This choice for quality allows sorting of the best grapes that are transported in small elevator-wagons to the presses, without any pumping or handling. The juices then simply flow into the vats by the force of gravity. This method, unique in Alsace, enables all of the aromatic virtues of each varietal to be conserved. The wines express all the richness and diversity of the Alsatian soils. They are pure, straight and frank, with nice freshness and aromatic intensity.

 

The surface of the vineyard is 260 hectares, broken down in the following way:

9% Sylvaner
13% Pinot Gris
15% Gewurztraminer
8% Pinot Noir

27% Pinot Blanc

2% Muscat
26% Riesling
0,5% Clos du Zahnacker

and 8 named vineyards: (geographical entity defined by soil structure and specific climatic conditions)

Steinacker
Rather deep stony soil being heated rather quickly, located on the commune of Ribeauvillé.

Mühlforst
Oriented straight South between Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. Excellent soil containing marly clay silts.

Haguenau
Exposure running all the way from east to west Rather shallow soil, marly-limestone with a top layer of stones. Situated on the northern limits of Ribeauvillé, adjacent to Bergheim.

Schofweg
The ground is mainly composed of marly-limestone with gravel. In the shallower part of the vineyard limestone dominates. It belongs to the commune of Bergheim.

Pflänzer
South-eastern exposure, located on the commune of Rorschwihr. Very deep soil, calcareous and silty.

Silberberg
Situated within the commune of Rorschwihr, its ground consists of limestone and silicified shales (Muschelkalk).

Oberweingarten
Locality of Rorschwihr, it is located on an oolitic limestone soil covered with muddy clay.

Weingarten
Another locality of Rorschwihr, situated slightly below “Oberweingarten”. The soil is composed of the same oolitic limestone, but colluvium with marl.

 

5 villages:

Ribeauvillé: the soil is predominantly composed of calcareous clay.
Bergheim: soil is marly limestone with sandstone
Rorschwihr: soil is marly limestone with clay
Rodern: soil consists of granite and blue marl.
St Hippolyte: predominantly sandy soils.

Marckrain
Altenberg de Bergheim
Gloeckelberg
Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé
Osterberg
Rosacker
Schoenenbourg
Schlossberg

and 8 Localities: (geographical entity and climatic good defines and similar, which gives to the wines special characters et of complexity)

Steinacker
Rather deep stony soil being heated rather quickly, located on the commune of Ribeauvillé.

Mühlforst
Oriented straight South between Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr. Excellent soil containing marly clay silts.

Haguenau
Exposure running all the way from east to west Rather shallow soil, marly-limestone with a top layer of stones. Situated on the northern limits of Ribeauvillé, adjacent to Bergheim.

Schofweg
The ground is mainly composed of marly-limestone with gravel. In the shallower part of the vineyard limestone dominates. It belongs to the commune of Bergheim.

Pflänzer
South-eastern exposure, located on the commune of Rorschwihr. Very deep soil, calcareous and silty.

Silberberg
Situated within the commune of Rorschwihr, its ground consists of limestone and silicified shales (Muschelkalk).

Oberweingarten
Locality of Rorschwihr, it is located on an oolitic limestone soil covered with muddy clay.

Weingarten
Another locality of Rorschwihr, situated slightly below “Oberweingarten”. The soil is composed of the same oolitic limestone, but colluvium with marl.

5 villages:

Ribeauvillé: the soil is predominantly composed of calcareous clay
Bergheim: soil is marly limestone with sandstone
Rorschwihr: soil is marly limestone with clay
Rodern: soil consists of granite and blue marl
St Hippolyte: predominantly sandy soils