Bernhard & Reibel
Alsace, France

The Bernhard & Reibel estate was born from the merger of the vineyards of the Bernhard family in the village of Châtenois and the Reibel family in the village of Scherwiller. The winery has a total of 23 hectares of vines. Pierre Bernhard is to-date in charge of the winery with several distinct parcels.

The Coteaux du Haut-Koenigsbourg local denomination expands over four villages: Châtenois, kintzheim, Orschwiller and St Hippolyte. This terroir emerges from the landslides and the decomposition of the clay soils. The lieu-dits Hahnenberg, Meisenberg and Weingarten are located in the municipality of Châtenois. The soil type is called Thannenkirch granite. This rock contains many minerals including iron and magnesium. The Rittersberg lieu-dit is located in the municipality of Scherwiller. This granite soil is called Dambach-la-Ville granite. This terroir produces wines of great complexity with freshness and a fine and elegant minerality.

Since 2003, the entire vineyard is certified organic and the Weingarten terroir is biodynamically farmed. The vines are planted at high density, up to 9500 plants per hectare. The majority of grape varietals consist of Riesling, which covers roughly 30% of the total area. The remainder of the vineyard is planted with grape varieties Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir. All wines are produced from grapes harvested manually in the vineyards they own. The pneumatic press allows a slow pressing of the grapes. This delicate grape processing produces a fine and fruity juice that translates into wines of character, to the delight of a loyal clientele.