Winemaker Michel Fonné, is a certified œnologist from Dijon. After having obtained the technical expertise in Champenoise winemaking in Damery and after having made wine from the 1987 harvest in the Alexander valley in California (Hafner Vineyard), Michel took over the family business of his uncle, René Barth.
The settlement of the village can be traced back to the middle ages. It successively belonged to the lords of Horbourg, the counts of Wurtemberg, the bishop of Strasbourg and to the lords of Ribeaupierre until the revolution.
The estate is found in the commune of Bennwihr, located halfway between Kaysersberg and Riquewihr. The village was rebuilt along the " Wine Route" at the foot of Marckrain (Grand Cru of our commune). The business operation includes 12 hectares of planted vineyards with seven types of Alsacian vines.
Michel, with fellow Alsatian environmentally concerned winemakers, contributed to the creation of Tyflo, an organization that provides official recognition for sustainable agriculture practices that are modeled after international standards certified by IOBC (International Organization for Biological and Integrated Control).
Tyflo is the nickname for Typhlodromus pyri; a tiny bug which is a natural predator of mites and parasites. It symbolizes the winemaker’s will to fight vine diseases by natural means, and to favor nature friendly and sustainable growing techniques.
The Gewurztraminer is from the "Vogelgarten", which is exclusively planted with Gewurztraminer. Calcerous soils on a hillside plot with southern exposure. Vineyards planted at approximately 4500 to 5000 vines per hectare. Pneumatically pressed, then settled for 24-36 hours at degrees 40 fahrenheit.
The magical land between the Vosges and the Rhine is best known as a region offering many gustatory delights, both upon the plate and in the glass. The region was home to a very early version of "weight-watchers" when the Societe des Maigres (the League of Lean Men) was founded in the seventeenth century.
Alsace offers a diversion from one primary characteristic of French winegrowing districts, in that the wines are labelled with the name of the grape variety, rather than that of village or region. And it's worth noting that while the names of these varieties are often Germanic, like Riesling and Gewurztraminer (without the umlaut in French), the style of the wines has more similarity to that of Burgundy than it does with the bottlings from the other side of the Rhine.
German ownership of Alsace between 1871 and 1918 did little to change this. Other notable wines are made from Pinot Gris, Muscat, Pinot Auxerrois and Sylvaner, though the latter two are still excluded from Grand Cru status in most cases.