Alsace Vineyards 3 - Châtenois to Colmar

  1. Between what cities is the northern part of the Haut-Rhin Département
    • Châtenois (in Bas-Rhin) to Colmar
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  2. Haut-Rhine Zone 3 is in which fault bundle?
    Ribeauvillé: Kintzheim (in Bas-Rhin) to Turckheim
  3. What is Kintzheim (not Kientzheim) known for?
    An eagle sanctuary (Volerie des Aigles) and a 13th century castle
  4. Describe the Praelatenberg Grand Cru
    • Translation: Prelate (e.g., a Bishop) Mountain
    • Location: Orshwiller and Kintzheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite/Gneiss
    • Vineyard: 18.70 ha (46.75 acres), faces E and SE, altitude 250-350 m (825-1,155 ft), drainage is good
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, M
    • Sleeping Beauty: Allimant-Laugner, Fernand Engel
    • Notable: Owned by Ebersmunster Abbey in 823 AD
  5. Which city is known as the "Cradle of Pinot Noir" in Alsace?
    Rodern: half-timbered buildings from the 16-18th centuries frame lanes with coutyards and wine cellars.  A parish church boasts a 14th century bell tower made from Vosges sandstone.
  6. T or F?  Saint-Hippolyte is a fortified town
    True: its city wall was built in 1316 and reinforced several times in the 14th and 15th centuries.  It is famous for its Rouge de Saint Hippolyte (Pinot Noir).
  7. Describe the Gloeckelberg Grand Cru
    • Location: Rodern and Saint-Hippolyte
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite, Schist; quartz/potassium/feldspar-rich sandy granite and schist/sandy rubble at hilltop
    • Vineyard: 23.4 ha (58.5 acres), faces SE, altitude 250-360 m (825-1,188 ft),
    • Grapes: G, PG
    • Sleeping Beauty: Koehly, Cave de Ribeauvillé
    • Notable: once owned by the Convents of Saint Catherine
  8. Rorschwihr has how many lieux-dits?
    12: Pfaenzerreben, Silberberg, and Oberer Weingarten are the most prestigious
  9. Describe Lieu-Dit Pflaenzerreben
    • Translation: to plant grapes/vines
    • Location: east of the road between rorschwihr and Bergheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: clay-marl over limestone
    • Vineyards: faces E
  10. Describe Lieu-Dit Silberberg
    • Translation: Silver Mountain
    • Location: Rorschwihr
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Silt and clay atop marly lilmestone
    • Grapes: R
  11. Describe Lieu-Dit Oberer Weingarten
    • Translation: top wine garden
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: clay, silt, oolitic limestone
    • Vineyards: 6.3 ha (15.75 acres)
    • Grapes: G
    • Notable: Many prestigious owners (Pepin the Short 742, Louis the Pious 817, Hugues Capet 987, Henry V 1114)
  12. T or F? Bergheim was wiped out by plague and war in the 17-18th centuries
    True: Repopulated by Swiss, German, Hungarian, Austrian, and Romanian immigrants
  13. Describe the Altenberg de Bergheim Grand Cru
    • Location: Bergheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone; fossil-rich limestones and marls covered with limetone, stony and shallow
    • Vineyard: 35.06 ha (87.7 acres), faces S, altitude 220-330 m (726-1,089 ft), steep slope
    • Grapes: R, G, PG
    • Established Star: Marcel Deiss, Gustave Lorentz, Sylvie Spielmann, Cave de Ribeauvillé
    • Notable: Allows for field blends (as does Kaefferkopf)
  14. Describe the Kanzlerberg Grand Cru
    • Location: Bergheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Clay and Gypsum; heavy clay rich in grey/black gypsum marls
    • Vineyard: 3.23 ha (8 acres), faces S and SW, altitude 248 m (825ft), terraced
    • Grapes: R, G,PG
    • Sleeping Beauty: Gustave Lorentz, Sylvie Spielmann
    • Notable: Knigts Templar owned a domain here
  15. Describe Lieu-Dit Engelgarten
    • Translation: Garden of Angels
    • Location: Bergheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: gravelly, sandy loam
    • Grapes: R
  16. Describe the town of Ribeauvillé
    • 3 Grand Crus: Geisberg, Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé, Osterberg
    • Notable: Spring Market, Kougelhopf Festival (May), Wine Fair (July), Fiddlers' Fair (September), Festival of Ancient Music (October), Medieval Christmas Market
  17. Describe the Geisberg Grand Cru
    • Location: Ribeauvillé
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Calcareous Marly Sandstone; muschelklk and dolomitic marls and sandstone/gypsum and limestone scree
    • Vineyard: 8.53 ha (21 acres), faces , altitude m ( ft),
    • Grapes: R
    • Established Star: Robert Faller, André Kientzler, Kuentz-Bas
    • Notable: Farmed since 1308
  18. Describe the Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé Grand Cru
    • Location: Ribeauvillé
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Calcareous Marly Sandstone; dolomitic sandstone and marls and pure muschelkalk limestone
    • Vineyard: 11.4 ha (28.5 acres), faces S and SW, altitude 270-350 m (891-1,155 ft), steep slopes but not terraced
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, M
    • Established Star: Louis Sipp, Jean Sipp, Henry Fuchs, Cave de Ribeauvillé
    • Notable: Mentioned in 1328
  19. Describe the Osterberg Grand Cru
    • Translation: Easter Mountain
    • Location: Ribeauvillé
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marl (not one of the 13 soil types); marl-clay and muschelkalk/domomite limestone conglomerates
    • Vineyard: 24.6 ha (61 acres), faces E and SE, altitude 250-350 m (825-1,155 ft),
    • Grapes: R, G, PG
    • Established Star: Domaine Agapé, Louis Sipp, Sipp-Mack, André Kientzler, Cave de Ribeauvillé
    • Notable: owned by the nobles of Ribeaupierre in Middle Ages
  20. Describe Clos du Zahnacker
    • Translation: within Osterberg GC; Field of Zahn, Martin Zahn was a knight and monk
    • Location: Ribeauvillé, below Haut-Koenigsbourg castle
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Clay-Limestone
    • Vineyard: 49.6 ha (124 acres), faces SE
    • Grapes: R, G, PG; harvested and fermented together
    • Notable: 8th century origin, monopole La Cave de Ribeauvillé since 1965
  21. Describe Clos du Schlossberg/Clos Ribeaupierre
    • Location: Ribeauvillé
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite
    • Vineyard: 1.23 ha (3 acres), faces SE, altitude 300 m (990 ft), 40% gradient slope so terraced
    • Grapes: PG
    • Notable: monopole Jean Sipp
  22. Describe the Rosacker Grand Cru
    • Translation: Rose Field or Heavy Soil (horses must plow vineyard)
    • Location: Hunawihr
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Limestone; muschelkalk and dolomitic, rich in Ca and Mg
    • Vineyard: 26.18 ha (65.5 acres), faces E and SE, altitude 260-330 m (858-1,089 ft),
    • Grapes: R, G
    • Born-Again: Domaine Agapé, Cave de Hunawihr, Mader, Mallo, Mittnacht-Klack, Sipp-Mack, Cave de Ribeauvillé
    • Notable: First mentioned in 1483
  23. Describe Clos Sainte Hune
    • Location: Hunawihr; lower portion of Rosacker Grand Cru, physical wall does not exist
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Dolomite Limestone
    • Vineyard: 1.67 ha (4.17 acres),faces S/SE
    • Grapes: 50 year-old Riesling vines
    • Notable: F.E. Trimback, monopole (for 200 years); Clos Sainte Hune trademarked in 2001, subject to regional AOC Alsace regulations
  24. Describe Clos Windsbuhl
    • Location: Hunawihr, a few hundred feet from Rosacker Grand Cru
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Muschelkalk limestone and clay
    • Vineyard: 5.2 ha (13 acres), faces S and E, steep and terraced terrain
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, Auxerrois, Chardonnay
    • Producer: Zind-Humbrect, monopole
    • Notable: dry whites, VT, SGN
  25. Describe the village of Zellenberg
    • Perched on a hill, 285 m (940 ft), unlike most villages which nestle down low among the foothills
    • 2 round defensive towers still stand
    • Houses are close together and built with wine cellar in the basement and a wine press at street level; people dwell one story above street level
  26. Describe the Froehn Grand Cru
    • Translation: Happy
    • Location: Zellenberg
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Iron-rich Marly Clay (schist)
    • Vineyard: 14.6 ha (36.5 acres), faces S and SE, altitude 270-300 m (891-990 ft),
    • Grapes: G, PG, M
    • Sleeping Beauty: Domaine Jean Becker, Maison Zimmer
  27. Describe the village of Riquewihr
    • Listed among the "Most Beautiful Villages in France"
    • It's wine reputation has earned it the moniker "The Gem of Alsace"
    • The Dolder, a 13th century gate, is an entrance to the village
  28. Describe the Schoenenbourg Grand Cru
    • Translation: Nice Mountain
    • Location: Riquewihr and Zellenberg
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Calcareous Marly Sandstone, Gypsum, Sandy Gravel; sandstone, sandy gravel, and muschelkalk above a gypsum-rich marl and dolomitic limestone
    • Vineyard: 53.4 ha (133.5 acres), faces S and SE, altitude 265-380 m (874.5-1,254 ft), steep slope
    • Grapes: R, PG, M
    • Established Star: Meyer-Fonné, Dopff & Irion, Dopff au Moulin, Bott-Geyl, Marcel Deiss, Marc Tempé, Vincent Stoeffler, Cave de Hunawihr
    • Notable: Famous in 16th century; VT, SGN
  29. Describe the Sporen Grand Cru
    • Location: Riquewihr
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Stoney Marly Clay; phosphorus-rich
    • Vineyard: 23.7 ha (57.7 acres), faces SE, altitude 275 m (907.5 ft),
    • Grapes: G, PG
    • Sleeping Beauty: Edgard Schaller, Meyer-Fonné, Dopff & Irion, Dopff au Moulin
    • Notable: First mention in 1432
  30. Describe the Sonnenglanz Grand Cru
    • Location: Beblenheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone, heavy and stony
    • Vineyard: 32.8 ha (82 acres), faces SE, altitude 220-270 m (726-891 ft), morning sun
    • Grapes: G, PG
    • Established Star: Bott-Geyl, Cave de Beblenheim
    • Notable: Reputation for excellence in 20th century
  31. Describe the village of Mittelwhihr
    All but the lower parts of the bell tower of a medieval church was destroyed in WWII (Poche de Colmar battle) - the Nazi occupation is commemorated by red, white, and blue flowers during summer
  32. Describe the Mandelberg Grand Cru
    • Translation: Almond Mountain (vines grown by almond trees)
    • Location: Mittelwihr
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone
    • Vineyard: 22 ha (55 acres), faces S and SE, altitude m ( ft), mountain blocks cold north winds
    • Grapes: R (30%), G (40%), PG, M
    • Sleeping Beauty: Bott-Geyl, J.P. Mauler, Ziegler-Mauler
    • Notable: first cultivated by Romans, then Francs, Abbeys of Saint-Dié, Ebersmunster, and Munster; first appeared on label in 1925
  33. Describe the villages of Bennwihr and Sigolsheim
    • Bennwihr was destroyed like Mittelwihr in WWII. The vignerons formed a local co-operative after the war.
    • Sigolsheim has a military cemetary commemorating the battle.
  34. Describe the Marckrain Grand Cru
    • Location: Bennwihr, opening of Kaysersberg Valley
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone; Dogger limestone-marl conglomerates
    • Vineyard: 53.35 ha (113 acres), faces E and S, altitude 200-300 m (660-990 ft), very dry meso-climate specific to the Colmar area
    • Grapes: G (reigns supreme), PG
    • Born-Again: Laurent Barth, Michel Fonné, Martin Schaetzel, Bestheim
  35. Describe the Mambourg Grand Cru
    • Location: Sigolsheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone; limestone and magnesium-rich marls
    • Vineyard: 61.85 ha (154.5 acres), faces S, altitude m ( ft),
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, M
    • Born-Again: Marc Tempé, Marcel Deiss, Maurice Schoech, Jean-Marc Bernhard, Domaine Weinback, Michel Fonné, Ringenback-Moser, Stirn
    • Notable: records from 783 AD
  36. Describe the village of Kientzheim
    • Walled city founded in the 8th century
    • Hosts the Vine and Wine Museum
    • Legend says Holy Roman Empire General Lazare von Schwendi brought back Tokay (Furmint) vine clipings and planted them on his Kientzheim estate -- even if true they were replaced by PG.
  37. Describe the Furstentum Grand Cru
    • Translation: Princely District
    • Location: Kientzheim and Sigolsheim, heart of the Kaysersberg Valley
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Limestone
    • Vineyard: 30.5 ha (76.25 acres), faces S and SE, steep slope optimizes sun exposure
    • Grapes: R, G, PG
    • Established Star: Bott-Geyl, Marc Tempé, André Blanck, Paul Blanck, Albert Mann, Domaine Weinbach
    • Notable: First mentioned in 1330 belonging to the Convent of Basle
  38. Describe the Schlossberg Grand Cru
    • Translation: Castle Mountain
    • Location: Kaysersberg and Kientzheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite; decomposed so tremendous mineral wealth (Ca, Na, K, Mg, F, P)
    • Vineyard: 80.28 ha (200 acres), faces S, altitude 230-350 m (759-1,155 ft), terraced
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, M
    • Established Star: Jean-Marc Bernhard, Albert Mann, Domaine Weinbach, Cave de Kientzheim-Kaysersberg, Vincent Spannagel
    • Notable: First mentioned in 15th century
  39. Describe Lieu-Dit Altenbourg
    • Translation: High Mountain
    • Location: Kientzheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soils: Clay and limestone
    • Vineyard: 80.28 ha (200 acres), faces S, altitude 225-255 m (743-842 ft), middle of gently sloping hill
    • Grapes: G (peach, apricot, tropical fruits, rose; needs 2-3 years age)
  40. Describe the village of Ammerschwihr
    • Destroyed in WWII; now home to 50 producers
    • Home to the latest Grand Cru
  41. Describe the Kaefferkopf Grand Cru
    • Location: Ammerschwihr
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Ca- and Mg-rich topsoil atop granite and limestone (upper slope) and sandstone (lower slope)
    • Vineyard: 71.65 ha (179 acres), faces E, gentle (10-20% grade) slope with only one section rising to 35%
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, and field-blends
    • Born-Again: Jean-Baptiste Adam, Maurice Schoech, Meyer-Fonné, Kuehn
    • Notable: Like Altenberg de Bergheim, may bottle both varietal and blended wines
  42. Describe the village of Katzenthal
    • Wineck castle of Schlossberg rises above it
    • Church has signature white bell tower
  43. Describe the Wineck-Schlossberg Grand Cru
    • Location: Katzenthal
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite; decomposed granite with black and white mica
    • Vineyard: 27.4 ha (68.5 acres), faces S and SE, altitude 280-400 m (924-1,320 ft)
    • Grapes: R, G
    • Born-Again: Jean-Marc Bernhard, Jean Paul Eckle, Meyer-Fonné, Paul Spannagel, Vincent Spannagel, Jean-Baptiste Adam, Paul Blanck
    • Notable: First mentioned in 1706
  44. Describe the village of Niedermorschwihr
    • Separated from Katzenthal by the Sommerberg Grand Cru
    • Main street lined with restaurants, wine producers, medieval houses, and Patisserie Ferber (mecca for jam lovers)
  45. Describe the Sommerberg Grand Cru
    • Location: Niedermorschwihr and Katzenthal, foot of Trois-Epis ("3 ears") massif
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite; weathered granite over granite with black and white micas
    • Vineyard: 28.36 ha (71 acres), faces S, altitude 400 m (1,320 ft), steep (45°)
    • Grapes: R, G, PG, M
    • Established Star: Albert Boxler, Domaine Schoffit, Claude Weinzorn, Cave de Turckheim, Paul Blanck
    • Notable: Name in use since 17th century
  46. Describe the village of Ingersheim
    • Largelly destroyed during WWII (Poche de Colmar - "pocket of Colmar").
    • La Taverne Alsacienne restaurant has largest Alsace wine list in the world
  47. Describe the Florimont Grand Cru
    • Location: Ingersheim and Katzenthal
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly Limestone; pebbly limestone-marl atop limestone
    • Vineyard: 21 ha (52.5 acres), faces S and E, altitude 250-280 m (825-923 ft), "Colmar Ellipse" is very dry due to Vosges peaks to the west
    • Grapes: R, G (majority), PG, M
    • Sleeping Beauty: Cave Jean Geiler, Bruno Sorg, Claude Weinzorn
    • Notable: prosperous since Middle Ages, praised by Earls of Lupfen and Baron Schwendi
  48. Describe Lieu-Dit Hinterbourg
    • Translation: Behind the Mountain
    • Location: Katzenthal
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Deep granite
  49. Describe Lieu-Dit Letzenberg
    • Translation: Last Mountain
    • Location: Ingersheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: limestone hill with marl conglomerates and good sun exposure
  50. Describe the village of Turchkheim
    • Surrounded by vines at the entrance to the Munster Valley
    • Night Watchman makes his rounds at 10pm around Old Town, May to October
  51. Describe the Brand Grand Cru
    • Translation: Land of Fire (legend says sun battled and bested a dragon)
    • Location: Turckheim, amphitheatre overlooking village
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite; mineral-rich weathered granitic sands peppered with black and white mica
    • Vineyard: 57.95 ha (145 acres), faces S and SE, altitude 380 m (1,254 ft), good sun exposure
    • Grapes: R, G, PG
    • Established Star: Armand Hurst, Albert Boxler, Zind-Humbrecht, Josmeyer, Paul Buecher, Clause Weinzorn, Cave de Turckheim, Dopff au Moulin
    • Notable: renown since the Middle Ages
  52. Describe Clos Jebsal
    • Location: Turckheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soils: Gypsum-rich Clay Marl and Limestone
    • Vineyard: 1.2 ha (3 acres), faces S, steep, terraced
    • Grapes: PG
    • Producer: Zind-Humbrecht
    • Notable: usually harvested with noble rot
  53. Describe Lieu-Dit Heimbourg
    • Translation: Home Mountain
    • Location: Turckheim
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Marly limestone
    • Vineyard: 7 ha (17.5 acres), faces W and S, steep (34% grade W, 50% grade S)
    • Notable: often harvested with noble rot
  54. Describe Lieu-Dit Herrenweg
    • Location: Turckheim, alluvial plain of the Fecht River
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: gravelly, sandy, clay loess/loam
  55. Describe Lieu-Dit Holder
    • Location: Wihr-au-Val, Munster Valley
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil:  ranite and Clay
    • Grapes: G, PG
  56. Describe Lieu-Dit Herrenreben
    • Translation: Lords' Vines
    • Location: Wihr-au-Val, Munster Valley
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: deep, decomposed granitic sands
    • Vineyard: altitude 500 m (1,650 ft), one of the highest in Alsace
    • Grapes: R, PN
    • Notable: Belonged to the Lords of Ribeaupierre in the 15th century
  57. Describe Lieu-Dit Linsenberg
    • Translation: Lentil mountain
    • Location: Wihr-au-Val, Munster Valley
    • Zone: northern Haut-Rhin (3), Châtenois to Colmar
    • Soil: Granite
    • Grapes: R
  58. How many important terroirs are in the northern Haut-Rhin, Châtenois to Colmar (zone 3)?
    • Grand Crus: 22
    • Lieu-Dits: 21 (Rorschwihr has Pfaenzerreben, Silberberg, Oberer Weingarten and 9 more, Engelgarten, Altenbourg, Hinterbourg, Letzenberg, Heimbourg, Herrenweg, Holder, Herrenreben, Linsenberg)
    • Clos: 5 (du Zahnacker, du Schlossberg/Clos Ribeaupierre, Sainte Hune, Windsbuhl, Jebsal)
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Alsace Vineyards 3 - Châtenois to Colmar
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