The family and team at the Domaine RIEFLÉ feel fortunate to live and work in such exceptional surroundings and wish to share with you their passion for an environmentally sustainable approach to winemaking.
The wine producing areas are divided up into over 70 different parcels and each one is treated individually according to their unique characteristics in order to strengthen the connection between the terroir and the wine it produces. This connection is the signature of a great wine and requires a careful preservation of the fragile balance of the soil by alternating labour work, natural grassing and compost. In accordance with the Organic Agriculture (AB) charter, no pesticide or other synthetic chemical product is used in the vineyards.
This allows the vine to grow in an environment that encourages its root system to develop a direct contact with trace elements and minerals in the soil and sub-soil. The vine thus remains unaffected by exterior influences since it draws its strength from deeper down where there is little variation in temperature and hygrometry. This ensures unique wines with good acidic structure and complexity, vintage upon vintage.
After all these efforts, we believe that each grape deserves to be harvested by human hands. Machine harvesting is not permitted, thereby reducing the detrimental effects of compression on the grapes and the soil.
AOC ALSACE constitutes the widest base in the hierarchy of Alsace Wines. It covers a variety of situations, as much by the composition of soils as their positions. Where soils are deeper, because they are comprised of sediments, they are slightly richer. More neutral, they leave more potential of expression for the varietal features of each of the grape varieties.
In this appellation, the Domaine RIEFLE cultivates vines in the communes of Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten and Soultzmatt. This region is protected from bad weather by the mountains Grand Ballon and Petit Ballon, as well as from air currents that descend from the mountains and cool down the atmosphere.