The Barth Rene estate, based in Bennwihr, cultivates a bit more than 5 of the 12 hectares of vineyards owned by Michel Fonné, planted with seven grape vines common to Alsace: the grand cru varieties Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer— plus Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.
Upon the retirement of Rene Barth In 1989, his nephew Michel Fonné took over operations. In 1997, Michel’s father, Henri, also retired and Michel consolidated all the properties under the Barth René label.
Michel Fonné studied wine making in Dijon and in Damery, then worked abroad at Haffner Vineyards in California’s Alexander Valley. He has recently achieved a certain level of distinction by resisting the recent trend of confusing enhanced sugar-ripeness levels with quality, and attempting to recapture some of the agility and grace that was the calling card of Alsace winegrowers thirty, twenty years ago.
Among other sites, Barth owns Grand Cru parcels of Pinot Gris in the Marckrain and Riesling in Mambourg.