Winery Snippet | Marc Kreydenweiss – France, Alsace
Marc Kreydenweiss, France, Alsace
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss was established in Alsace, in 1650 and has been in the same family for thirteen generations – more than three and a half centuries.
In 1971, at age 23, Marc Kreydenweiss took over the family winery. Among his first innovations were a switch to organic farming and yield reduction through extensive pruning.
Over the years, Marc’s love for the soil grew into a love for the earth, and he began to champion the well-being of the planet and preservation of its natural resources. He found himself drawn to biodynamic viticulture, and the Domaine began embracing biodynamic practices in 1989. By 1990, Marc had converted the estate to 100 percent biodynamic farming, a distinction shared by a small group of wineries worldwide.
With biodynamics, the grapes are organically cultivated, without pesticides or commercial fertilizers, and vineyard work is timed to the cycles of the sun, moon and stars. The vines are pruned very short to control yields and are cleaned of all extra shoots to allow for good aeration and exposure to the sun. Pruning also ensures even spacing of grape bunches on each vine.
Wine Maker – Marc Kreydenweiss
Born in Strasbourg in 1948, Marc Kreydenweiss is heir to a family of viticulturists who have lived in Alsace for three centuries. He has owned and managed the Domaine since 1971. In 1984, he made the decision to exclusively produce extremely high quality wine based on a new type of expression: Terroir. As a result, the wines have preserved the delicacy on which their reputation was established but now contain increased concentration, complexity and a taste that lingers longer on the palate. In 1989, these same requirements led Marc to introduce biodynamic cultivation at the Domaine. Using ‘homeopathic’ treatments and practices, the soil remains alive and well balanced yielding healthy and high-quality grapes. At present, Marc manages a 12 hectare estate
His wife, Emmanuelle, and his children, Manfred and Antoine, work alongside him and share his philosophy. It is a family adventure in which each member offers his or her abilities in a specifically assigned role and in perfect harmony for your enjoyment.
Biodynamic principles have been applied to the entire vineyard. In common with the world’s most famous estates, the vines are severely pruned to control the yield. After debudding, all extra shoots are removed from the vine trunk to let the sunlight reach the grapes.
Each phase is one building block in the qualitative process to maximize the mineral richness of the terroirs, to obtain the production of a classical and delicate wine.
The Terroir: A site unique in the world
The geology in Alsace is extremely complicated, with rock formations dating back to the Palaeozoic Era (schist), the Mesozoic Era (sandstone) and even the Precambrian Era (Villé schist). As a result of the various rising springs, faults and ice ages, a range of extremely different terroirs are found. In Andlau, a single track separates the black and hard schist of Kastelberg from the pink and delicate sandstone of Wiebelsberg. However, a common point is the high mineral content – without limestone – of the underlying soil. The biodynamic approach, especially when implemented over time, enables vines to take advantage of the soil, as their roots reach into the depths of the rock.
Harvested when ultra ripe, with yields not exceeding 30 – 40 hectolitres per hectare, the grand crus express the originality of the terroirs in wines with a subtle approach and a rare delicacy.
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