Domaine Weinbach was established in 1610 by the Capuchin monks who also gave their name to the domaine's most prized vineyard, Clos des Capucins. The estate itself got the name Weinbach -- which literally translates to 'wine brook' -- from a little stream that trickles through the property. The current owners are the Faller family, whose ancestors bought the property in 1898. Theo Faller, who inherited Domaine Weinbach from his father and uncle, was responsible for the emergence of the estate during the mid 20th century. A fervent advocate of the wines of Alsace, Theo lobbied long and hard for the extension of the appellation system to the region. Coincidentally, or maybe not, the Schlossberg vineyard, 10 hectares of which belong to the Fallers, was named the first of several Grand Crus in Alsace.
Up until the spring of 2014 the winery was run by Theo's widow, Colette Faller and her two daughters, Laurence and Catherine. Sadly, Laurence passed away at the age of 47 in May of 2014, followed by her mother in February of 2015, leaving Catherine to run the winery. Politics aside, the Faller family offers an extensive range of pure, highly expressive wines that exhibit strong soil tones and complex, well-delineated flavors. The multiple cuvees of Rieslings reflect their specific terroirs, combining fruity and stony elements in a particularly exhilarating way. The Fallers also craft Gewürztraminers that showcase the variety's extravagant richness and exotic perfume, but with precision of aromas and flavors. There are many, many cuvees here, but you can be assured that these wines will all be of excellent quality. Following the trend in Alsace, the family has farmed half of their 27 hectares biodynamically since 1998.
Ranges from dry to sweet, but deeply aromatic in all styles
Munster cheese, pork, goose, spicy Asian food
One of the wine world's love-it-or-hate-it grapes, Gewürztraminer is for many wine lovers the signature variety of Alsace. Its highly perfumed aromas of rose petal, smoked meat, lychee, grapefruit, and spices are immediate and captivating, although some examples lack refinement and seem a bit blowzy owing to low acidity and high alcohol. Gewürztraminer is as unlike the steelier, more aristocratic Riesling as a white grape can be. No other region of the world has been able to produce significant quantities of Gewürztraminer that even approach the decadent richness and exotic fruit qualities that the best producers in Alsace achieve. Still, other than late-harvest versions, Gewürztraminer is normally a dry wine in Alsace, despite smelling like a sweet one. Gewürztraminer marries beautifully with rich, fatty dishes like pork and goose or ripe cheeses, as well as with the exotic spices of Moroccan, Indian, and Far Eastern cuisines.