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Vinifying and ageing wine in Alsace


The adoptive parents of the 2013 vintage were at Domaine Stentz-Buecher in Alsace last Sunday for a Vinification Experience Day to learn about the work needed in the cellar to ferment and age the wine until it is ready for bottling.
Domaine tour Francre Alsace

 

Whilst enjoying a cup of coffee in the sun, we listened to Céline, winemaker with her brother Stéphane, introduce us to the wines of Alsace, and more particularly, Wettolsheim, where the winery is located.

Tasting workshop Alsace

We split into two groups. One went down into the cellar to see where the grapes were received during the harvest and how the wine has subsequently been worked. The other group developed their sense of smell by discovering the different aromas that can be typically found in Alsace wines.

Vinification ageaing cellar tour

Before heading to the vineyard we tasted the Pinot Gris Rosenberg 2013 wine direct from the fermentation tank. This is the wine that is chosen for the Gourmet Odyssey clients. The wine is still in its ageing process and not yet ready for bottling, but already has a very promising finish and bouquet!

Vine adoption Alsace France

In the vineyard, we took some photos of our adopted vines, and listened to Jean-Jacques, the father of Céline and Stéphane, tell us more about the different terroir and wines that they produce.

Vine adfoption pinot Gris Alsace

Back at the winery, we tasted a number of different wines, starting with the Who Am I?, then the Pinot Gris Rosenberg 2011, followed by a Pinot Noir Ambre, and ending with the Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Hengst.

Wine tasting France Alsace

At the end of the tasting, we sat down to eat a fleishnaka, a traditional Alsace dish.

Traditional winemakers' meal

We finished the day in the cellar with Stéphane to learn more about how the wine is bottled, the choice of corks used, and how the labels are applied to the bottles.

Many thanks to the Stentz family for another great day, and to all of the clients for your good cheer!

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