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Domaine Ostertag


Andre Ostertag

REGION: Alsace

Ostertag is an emblematic family vineyard in the Alsace Region. The story begins with Adolphe Ostertag who cultivated the land in the sixties. Originally the family grew beetroots, lucerne, and potatoes, however, this all changed when Adolphe inherited the domaine. He decided to concentrate his activities on viticulture and the first harvest and bottling of an Ostertag wine took place in 1966. Since 1998, all of the vines have been cultivated following Biodynamic principles. 

There is a deep respect and understanding of surrounding fauna and flora. The team of the domaine a especially attentive to the changes that take place in the soil and surrounding ecosystem. With a sustainable approach, the Ostertag family chooses barrels made out of wood from the local forests of the Vosges highlighting regional territories. 

All vineyards are hand-harvested. In the cellar, minimal sulfur is used and the wine is not subjected to filtration. The bottles are transparent with a minimalist label designed by André, enhancing the splendid color of his wines. In some cases like with the pinots, for instance, barrels are preferred to vats to develop further the expression of wine aromas

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Wine Region


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. 

Featured Grape Varieties: 
Pinot gris 
Auxerrois blanc 
Pinot Noir 
Pinot Blanc 

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