At the base of the imposing Schlossberg (Castle) Hill within the golden heart of Alsace, Domaine Weinbach is a winery named after a small river running through its property that has built a reputation as vast as the ocean for consistently producing some of the very best wines in the region.
Originally a monastery, Domaine Weinbach was built more than 400 years ago by Capuchin monks who made wine there for a couple of hundred years before being evicted during the French Revolution.
Marcel Deiss must be one of the most original, fascinating, iconoclastic wineries we have ever been to.
Domaine Marcel Deiss
And we think they are making some of the best wines in all of Alsace. Domaine Marcel Deiss (pronounced “dice”) was started in Bergheim, Alsace in northern France in 1947 after Marcel Deiss returned home from World War II. His family has been growing wine grapes in Alsace since 1744. Today the winery is in the hands of Marcel’s grandson Jean-Michel Deiss who is in turn assisted by his own son, Matthieu.
Every year on March 8, International Women’s Day (IWD) is recognized globally as a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.
The theme for 2023 is: “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.” With so many challenges facing the wine industry that touch on this theme, we reached out to some of our favourite women in wine worldwide to get their perspective on the state of the industry and what advice they’d give to women looking for a career in wine.
Stepping into the very modern tasting room at Maison Joseph Cattin, you’d likely never guess that the winery has been around for more than 300 years. But from the first sip of their Crémant d’Alsace, you’ll quickly understand that no further proof is required to convince you of their legacy as one of Alsace’s best known producers.
The charming village of Niedermorschwihr.
Approximately 8km from the town of Colmar along the 170km Vins d’Alsace (Alsace Wine Route) lies the town of Niedermorschwihr, a charming village that is home to a small number of wineries surrounded by a stunning tapestry of steep vineyards. There, along the main cobblestone street is where we were introduced to Domaine Justin Boxler, a family winery making wine since 1672 that was the most surprising revelation during our first visit to Alsace.
The Autumn beauty of Alsace.
Alsace is a gem of a wine region, well-known to sommeliers and the wine cognoscenti, but not yet well appreciated by the general public. The region makes some terrific wine, has a delicious gastronomy and is a stunning region visually. Alsace resides in north-eastern France sharing a border with both Germany and Switzerland. The key geographic features of this small, 15,000 hectare region are the Rhine River and the Vosges Mountains.