With three centuries of viticulture in his family history, Marc Kreydenweiss is one of the most sought-after producers in Alsace today. In the 44 years of running his eponymous domaine, Marc has evolved his viticultural practices and since 1989, they have been operating completely biodynamically. Following in his father’s footsteps, Antoine took over the vineyard management in 2007, working alongside his wife Charlotte, with the help of their daughters Zoe, Lilou and Leonie, and his horse.
The winery is located in Andlau, between Strasbourg and Colmar, in the area of Piemont des Vosges. Nestled at the bottom of the mountains, the vineyards benefit from a continental climate, while the soils offer a unique mosaic of terroirs, ranging from pink sandstone in Wiebelsberg and black slate in Kastelberg, to blue slate in Clos du Val d'Eléon and Clos Rebberg, as well as marl and limestone in Moenchberg.
With 13.5ha, their vineyards cover three of the Grand Crus of Andlau: Wiebelsberg, Moenchberg and Kastelberg, as well as a new Grand Cru in Barr, called Kirchberg. Marc and Antoine focus on the classic whites of the region, including Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer.
Wines are produced using only natural yeast, and are matured in ‘foudres’ for 12 months before bottling. The Grand Crus mature for 24 months. The ‘Vins de Fruit’ are fresh and easy drinking, while the Grand Cru wines exude more texture and minerality. Adorned with beautiful artwork, the wine labels change for every new vintage, an artistic expression of their nuances.
In 1999, Marc decided to expand his operations beyond Alsace to acquire a property in Rhone’s Costieres de Nimes. The purchase of this 20ha Perrieres estate in Manduel in the Southern Rhone Valley, between Nimes and Arles, represents the start of a new adventure for the Kreydenweiss family.
The region of Nimes, with its climate, soil and terroir, quickly emerged as the ideal place to expand their passion for red wine; Marc is particularly interested in the region’s Carignan, Syrah and Grenache. Rich in iron and composed of Rhone gravel, a mixture of silica, lime, flint and sandstone, the soil offers the ideal terroir to produce top-quality red wines.