Domaine François Schwach: passion and high standards

For three generations, Domaine François Schwach has nurtured the same passion for its local ‘terroir’. The estate was established by François Schwach, a wine broker who would gradually leave his initial profession behind him to devote himself to his passion for wine growing. In 1950 he bought his first vineyards which would gradually evolve into the magnificent present-day estate. He made his first wines in 1960 and since then, the estate has consistently produced the finest offerings. In 1975, Philippe took over management of the firm, increasing its scope by buying new vineyards and investing in modernisations, reflecting the estate’s hallmark commitment to quality wines. The third generation, represented by Sébastien (in the photo opposite), is now preparing to perpetuate the family tradition, shaped by its demanding expertise.

 

The property boasts 18 hectares of vines encircling 7 localities in the heart of Alsace’s premium vineyards: Hunawihr, where the winery is located, Zellenberg, Ribeauvillé, Bergheim, Beblenheim, Riquewihr and Ammerschwihr. The vineyards are set in unique locations including four Grands Crus (Osterberg, Schoenenbourg, Rosacker and Kaefferkopf) whose wines fully mirror the qualities and nuances imparted by outstanding geology and microclimate.

 

The grapes are transported in large back baskets – or “bottiches” – used for collecting cut grapes, which protect the fruit. Pneumatic pressing preserves aroma prior to fermentation in temperature-controlled tanks, which in turn promotes distinctive, deftly-crafted wines showcasing fundamental terroir-driven and varietal qualities.