Founded by the Capucin monks in 1612, and named after a little stream that flows through the estate (“Wine Brook”), Domaine Weinbach is now under the leadership of Cathy Faller and her two sons, Eddy and Theo. They farm organically and biodynamically, and use only domaine-owned fruit (unusual for much of Alsace) from their 26 hectares of vineyards in the Kaysersberg valley, at the foot of the Schlossberg hill (highly regarded as the best terroir in Alsace) in the Haut-Rhin of Alsace, 200 to 400 metres above sea level.
The grapes for the Reserve Personelle wines come from younger vines in the Clos des Capuchins – one of the estate’s top vineyards. Aged in large old oak fuders – which don’t impart any wood flavour to the wine but do help to bring out the texture and unique characteristics of the grape variety to shine through. 2015 was an outstanding vintage in Alsace, especially for Gewurztraminer. Although the yields were slightly lower than normal, the fruit was extremely concentrated, and very high quality.