Domaine Zind HumbrechtPosted by Adam Morganstern on Mar 18, 2008 in Alsace
Wine growers from father to son since 1620, the Humbrecht family cultivates and grow grapes in the great vineyards of Alsace in France. The Domaine Zind Humbrecht was created in 1959 and represent today a total of 40 ha, with the Grand Crus vineyards of Rangen in Thann (5.5ha), Goldert in Gueberschwihr (0.9ha), Hengst in Wintzenheim (1.4ha) and Brand in Turckheim (2.4ha), as well as the single vineyards of Rotenberg (1.8ha) and Clos Häuserer (1.2ha) in the village of Wintzenheim, Herrenweg (11.5ha), Clos Jebsal (1.3ha) and Heimbourg (4ha) located in Turckheim and Clos Windsbuhl (5.15ha) in Hunawihr. The character of single grand cru or single vineyard, through the typical Alsace grape varieties, is reinforced with biodynamic cultivation as well as a winemaking philosophy that respect the vineyard work. The respect of the soil’s natural life goes through the will of each of the 22 employees on the estate willing to accomplish a lot of manual tasks and perform the necessary ploughings and specific vine training, the reduction of machines weight (sometimes animal traction is used) and also the use of our compost produced on the estate. Ripe and concentrated grapes allow us to forbid any vinification techniques that would modify the initial harmony of each vineyard. Fermentations are very slow and the wines spend a minimum of 6 months on the total lees. Bottlings are done between 12 to 24 months after the harvest. The average yields are varying between 30 and 40 hl/ha according to the vintage. Annual production is between 13000 to 16000 cases. Since 1992, the cellars of Domaine Zind Humbrecht are located in the middle of the Herrenweg vineyard in Turckheim.