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Vins d'Alsace Schoenheitz

In the village of Wihr-au-Val, where the Alsatian hills meet the Vosges mountains, and where the extreme climate suits the vines, Dominique and Henri Schoenheitz have been cultivating and pursuing excellence for more than 20 years.

 

This family owned and operated estate of 14 hectares is concentrated on the steep slopes of the Munster Valley overlooking Wihr-au-Val.

 

Domaine Schoenheitz is the only independent producer in village - all the other growers supply the local co-operative.

 

The vineyards have suffered the ravages of two World Wars with the vineyards being completely destroyed in the 1940's. In the 1970's Henri Schoenheitz senior started the reconstruction of the vineyards. His son, Henri, and his wife, Dominique, have continued the process. Both Henri and Dominique are winemakers in their own right and have now been joined at the winery by their son, Adrien, also a qualified winemaker.

 

 

Dominique and Henri Schoenheitz

They grow the following grape varieties:

  • Riesling
  • Gewurztraminer
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Muscat
  • Sylvaner

Method of Cultivation :


• Traditional training of the vines (density 4,000-6,000 stocks per hectare).
• Guyot single cane pruning for most varieties to limit the yield.
• Natural grass between the rows alternating with plantings of rye in the winter to counter erosion and improve soil structure.
• Fertilization - no chemical fertilizers are used, both to limit the yield and to incite the vines to seek nourishment deeper in the soil which favours the expression of the "terroir" in the wine.
• All treatments are limited to those strictly necessary and are applied within a sustainable agriculture concept.

 

Harvesting Method:

• Manual, with a strict selection on the vine.
• Harvesting at optimal maturity during 5 to 8 weeks.
• Clusters preserved intact (no settlement or damage).

 

 

Riesling vines overlooking Wihr-au-Val