Winemaker Michel Fonné, is a certified Enologist 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 winemakers 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.´
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