Marc Kreydenweiss has 12 hectares of vineyards, including parts of three Grand Cru sites. The domaine is over three centuries old, and was taken over by Marc in 1971. Altogether, six people are employed by the domaine: as well as Marc and his wife Emmanuelle, his oldest son is involved and three full time staff are employed. Marc reckons that Alsace is a difficult region to understand for the novice: the combination of several different grape varieties with a variety of soil types and significant vintage variation makes things quite complicated. This tutored tasting offered a helpful insight into some of the issues involved in producing fine wine in Alsace.
Marc Kreydenweiss is available in Calgary exclusively at J Webb Wine Merchant.
Vins KuentzThe Kuentz family winery is located in the small village of Pfaffenheim in the Alsace region of France where it’s been since 1650. Today, Romain and his son Michel combine the traditional and the modern in crafting wines using Alsace, Crémant d’Alsace, Grands Crus Steinert, Vendanges Tardives and Selection de Grains nobles grapes. Michel’s wife Odile, and Etiennette, Romain’s wife (and Michel’s mother) handle the operation’s administrative and management side of the business. At Vins Kuentz, the harvest is done partially mechanically and still partially by hand, then the wines are fermented inside wooden casks. The family has vineyards in four different villages in their area of France: Pfaffenheim, Gueberschwihr, Rouffach and Herrlisheim, which lets Vins Kuentz grow a variety of grapes in a variety of soils. Some of the grape vines are over 60 years old.
While most of the family’s wines stay in France due to demand, a small amount has found its way here to Canada, and is available at Kensington Wine Market in Calgary. For Edmonton distribution, click here.