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glass of sparkling cremant dom pfister dahlenheim alsace france
Domaine André Pfister, Dahlenheim, Alsace, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.
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Domaine André Pfister is a family wine estate located in the northern part of Alsace, in Dahlenheim. It is owned by and managed by André and Marie-Anne and their daughter Mélanie. Melanie, with a degree in oenology from Bordeaux and Dijon, is one of several young and talented wine growers and winemakers in Alsace. She is increasingly taking over the responsibility for the vinification and the wines, and experimenting with new techniques to further improve the wines. (One other experiment is that of different closures: different natural corks, Diam cork, plastic, glass Vino-Lok stopper...)
Dahlenheim, where the winery is located, is a small town in the northern part of the Alsace wine region. Being a bit away from the bustling centre of the wine region has its advantages and drawbacks. There are less traffic jams and crowds in summer, but there are perhaps also less visitors coming to the winery. The latter is unfortunate since there are many good wine producers to discover in this part of Alsace too. After the Second World War the vines had almost disappeared (only 42 ha remained) but now the plantings have recovered and Dahlenheim has over 120 ha today.
The vineyards of Domaine Pfister are made up of some 40 different plots, adding to a total of 10 hectares. Not an easy logistics task at harvest time. The main grape variety that they use is riesling (25% of the total) but they have vineyards with virtually every Alsatian variety.
Pfister make a wide range of different wines: white and red, dry and sweet (e.g. vendange tardive), still and sparkling (crémant). They also make two grand cru cuvees from the Engelberg GC: a riesling and a gewurztraminer.
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Alsace Domaine Andre Pfister - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson
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