Bestheim is the culmination of a union of great families of winegrowers, who all cultivate the same passion for their profession.
Our head office is located in the village of Bennwihr – the stronghold of the famous “Moon Hunters” or “Mondfanger” in Alsatian. The Mondfangers are above all Men of the Earth; daring, ambitious and freedom-loving.
Moon hunters, hunters of the impossible… After their village was destroyed in World War II, they had the courage to rebuild everything. The unknown did not scare them, it freed them, pushed them to undertake, dream and succeed beyond their expectations.
We are the new generation of Mondfangers. Their state of mind inhabits and guides us every day. We are daring, ambitious, free and we will remain so.
“Qui chasse la lune recolte le soleil” – Who chases the moon, collects the sun
You often hear the Alsace wine region described as a mosaic of different terroirs. Granite, Gneiss gravel, limestone, sandstone and schist – the list goes on – are just a few of the notes in this endless symphony of soils. Along with some of the foremost representatives of our terroirs (our Grand Cru wines), this collection is packed with lesser-known gems. “Chemin de Romains” (Roemerberg), “Jardin des Vignes” (Rebgarten), “Jardin des Oiseaux” (Vogelgarten)… names that resound like beautiful melodies, just waiting to be savoured.
The Altenburg area is south-facing and established on a limestone and marl subsoil, it offers powerful and rich wines but always fine and full of distinction. Rebgarten is a small, well-kept vineyard facing south, consisting of a varied soil dominated by granitic sands. Sheltered from the prevailing winds and benefiting from favourable sunshine, this terroir allows ideal ripening of the grapes. Cultivated on a high limestone plateau facing south/south-west, Strangenberg will take advantage of the freshness of the location and the outcropping limestone bedrock to express its potential. A clay-limestone terroir located in the commune of Bennwihr, with a south/south-east exposure, Roemerberg benefits from a rich soil allowing grapes of great maturity and remarkable aromatic expression. And finally – spread over the sub-Voscian hills, between 200 and 400 metres above sea level, and ideally exposed, the Grands Crus benefit from maximum solar radiation and an extraordinary diversity of soils. These soils, of an unparalleled diversity and phenomenal richness, allow us to grow vines that will produce subtle resonances that we will find in our Great Wines of Alsace.
At Bestheim, we have chosen to reconcile tradition and modernity, with a policy of regular investment. Double-annealed stainless steel vats for optimised cleaning, sunken buildings with automatic temperature regulation, maximal use of daylight, waste water pre-treatment station, solar panels, optimised flow management, waste recycling: we leave no stone unturned in our quest to deliver the finest wines and Crémants d’Alsace.
But beyond technical innovation, it represents an ethos that Bestheim is committed to: allowing the grape and the terroir to express their character in its wines. For at the end of the day, what is a good Alsace wine if it is not a typical wine, true to the soil it grew from? Its aromas should express the exuberance of the landscapes in which our villages nestle. The sensations it leaves on the palate should reflect the authenticity, the harmony and the joie de vivre of this corner of France that is cherished by our perfectionist winegrowers…
Prioritising fruit and finesse – while respecting the characteristics of each variety and each terroir – is the challenge that the Moon Chasers rise to so admirably. Strict rules are applied to ensure that grapes are harvested only when they are perfectly mature, and any that are sub-standard are ruthlessly eliminated. Since quality comes at this price, Bestheim’s winegrowers accept these constraints and have made them a watchword.