Estates / Domaine Ostertag
APPELLATION: AOC Alsace
Ostertag is an emblematic family vineyard in the Alsace Region. At the beginning of that family story we find Adolphe Ostertag who cultivated his land in the sixties. At the time the family was growing beetroots, lucerne and potatoes! Handover happened later when Adolphe inherited the domaine and directed the activity towards the vine and started running it. At last 1966 saw the first harvest and bottling of a Ostertag wine.
100% of the vines have been cultivated following Biodynamic principles since 1998, with respect and understanding of surrounding wildlife and flora. The team of the domaine pays special attention to soil and ecosystem changes. Always keeping in mind a protection approach the Ostertag family chooses barrels made out of wood from the Vosges highlighting regional territories. Harvests are totally done by hand, the wine is not filtered and sulphur input is minimal.
The bottles are transparent with a minimalist label designed by André, enhancing the splendid colour of his wines. In some cases like with the pinots for instance, barrels are prefered to vats in order to develop further the expression of wine aromas.
Alsace, along with Austria and Germany, is known for some of the best dry Rieslings, off-dry Pinot Gris, and aromatic Gewürztraminer wines. Almost all wines are produced under the three appellations of the region: Alsace AOC, Alsace Grand Cru AOC, and Crémant d'Alsace AOC, with no Vin de pays designation (a lower wine classification) unlike other French wine regions.
The geography is greatly influenced by mountains in the west and the Rhine river in the east. It’s a dry and sunny region where the valley shelter the wine growing area from rain and sea breeze, and its altitude gives a good balance between temperature, water outflow, and sunlight exposure.
Wines usually come in tall bottles called flûtes d’Alsace or “Rhine wine bottle,” a bottle style commonly used for German Riesling and other traditional whites.
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