The diversity of our vineyard – a source of absolute richness
DOPFF & IRION makes its wines from 27 hectares of vines within the district of Riquewihr, a large area considering the usual size of estates in Alsace (60% of production sites cover less than one hectare).
There is no question that the area around Riquewihr is blessed with every possible natural attribute for successful vine cultivation. The climate is such that the grapes ripen slowly. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimize oceanic influences, whilst to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg hill protects the site from cold north winds.
The amazing variety of geological formations in Alsace makes these vineyards some of the most complex in the world. The one at Riquewihr is located on one of the main fissure areas in Alsace. This veritable mosaic of soils and sub-soils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone…..) means that the wines reflect the various types of terroir.
The experience of several generations has allowed us to determine which grape varieties are suited to which terroir, this is why there are four estates at the Château de Riquewihr, each one with its own particular grape variety.
- “Les Murailles” for Riesling
- “Les Sorcières” for Gewurztraminer
- “Les Amandiers” for Muscat
- “Les Maquisards” for Pinot Gris
- “Les Tonnelles” for Pinot Noir
Furthermore, over one third of the whole area within these estates is classed as Grand Cru, SCHOENENBOURG and SPOREN.