An outstanding wine producing area thanks to the quality of its terroirs
& Irion cultivate 27 hectares of vines at Riquewihr, which is a relatively large
estate in view of the fragmented structure of the vineyards in Alsace, with some
60% of producers farming less than one hectare
The area around Riquewihr benefits from natural conditions that are undeniably beneficial for the vines. The climate lends itself perfectly to slow ripening of the grapes. To the west, the Vosges mountains minimise the oceanic influence whilst, to the north, the famous Schoenenbourg ridge offers protection from the cold north winds.
The fabulous diversity of geological formations makes Alsace one of the most complex wine growing regions in the world. Riquewihr's vineyards sit on one of the principal geological fractures in Alsace. The vast mosaic of soils and subsoils (marl, limestone, gypsum, clay, sandstone) allow multiple expressions of terroir in the wines.
The experience of generations of winegrowers in our vines has allowed us to establish the best possible harmony between grape variety and terroir. It is for this reason that Château de Riquewihr produces five A.O.C. Alsace wines, each one made from a specific grape variety:
« Les Murailles » Château de Riquewihr Riesling
« Les Sorcières » Château de Riquewihr Gewurztraminer
« Les Amandiers » Château de Riquewihr Muscat
« Les Maquisards » Château de Riquewihr Pinot Gris
« Les Tonnelles » Château de Riquewihr Pinot Noir