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Our first Harvest Experience Day at Domaine Stentz-Buecher


Last Saturday, we harvested for the first time at Domaine Stentz-Buecher in Alsace, the last of the 7 organic wineries to have partnered with Gourmet Odyssey.

in Alsace, the last of the 7 organic wineries to have partnered with Gourmet Odyssey. The sky was grey, but that didn't dampen the spirits of our apprentice harvesters!

harvest vineyard alsace france stentz buecher 

Once the adoptive vine owners had arrived, Céline who manages the winery with her brother Stéphane, told us about history of this family estate. We then headed out to the vineyard where the adopted vines are located. For those who were returning after one of the Discovery Experience Days, they could see how their vines had been pampered, and for the others, it was the chance to meet them and take a few photos!

harvest vineyard vine adoption alsace france 

We then moved on to a vineyard lower down the village to harvest a plot of Riesling grapes. On the way we picked some Chasselas grapes to take home and eat. The goal for the day was to fill two containers, so each armed with a pair of secateurs and a bucket, we started to harvest the grapes.

harvest Grapes France Alsace harvester Stentz 

After the morning spent in the vineyard, we returned to the winery, where Stéphane explained how the grapes are put into the vats and how the juice ferments to produce wine. We tasted some grape juice which had been put into the vat 3 days beforehand, before tasting some of the wines, Rielsing Tradition 2010, Pinot Gris Rosenberg 2010, Gewurztraminer Hengst 2008 and Pinot Noir 2011.

winery tank wine fermentation alsace harvest 

We finished the day with a harvesters buffet of local charcuterie, accompanied by the domaine's wines, ending with a Crémant d'Alsace sparkling wine with the dessert.

harvest winemaker meal france stentz buecher 

We'll know leave the wine to slowly ferment before our next visit for one of the Vinification Experience Days.

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  • We had a great time all day despite it being cold and damp, but that was quickly forgotten with the wine tasting that soon warmed us up. To do again. Thanks for your hospitality.
    Ghislaine and Gérard

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