Domaine Rieflé and their Infamous Organic Winemaking
Domaine Rieflé-Landmann – At Domaine Rieflé, the winery philosophy is based on respect for people, craft and the environment. Brothers Thomas and Paul carry on the work that started in 1850 with Joseph Rieflé and his wife Madeleine who decided to run their own winery. Through hard work and dedication, successive generations have built the reputation of Domaine Rieflé not just in France but worldwide. Perhaps most importantly they have been instrumental in making wines from Alsace has better known outside the region. They are committed to using organic methods and only harvest by hand.
Wines from Southern Historic Alsace
The winery is based in the village of Pfaffenheim in the Haut-Rhin department, south of Colmar and north of Mulhouse. It is in the heart of the historic Alsace region. As well as the regional appellation Alsace, Domaine Rieflé makes wine in several appellations. In Alsace, Côte de Roufflach limestone is the chief characteristic of the soil. Here the Vosges Mountains provide shelter for the vineyard slopes. The wines they make here, both red and white, are typically very aromatic.
The Soils of the Alsatian Region
In the limestone heavy soil of the appellation, Alsace Bihl there are marine deposits from around 50 million years ago. This soil does not hold water well but is rich in mineral deposits. Alsace Bergweingarten appellation has mainly loam soils which hold water and can withstand high temperatures. The main grapevines here are Gewurztraminer. In Grand Cru Steinert the winery grows Riesling and Pinot Gris over 65 acres. They create a Crémant d’Alsace they grow Pinot Blanc and Pinot Auxerrois to make a sparkling white.