Just a few kilometers southwest of Colmar, the Zinck winery is located in Eguisheim, one of the loveliest villages in Alsace. Sheltered by the Vosges mountains, the climate is semi-continental, quite sunny, temperate and dry.
The vineyards cover over 20 hectares and produce wines with labels guaranteeing the origin of the wine, AOC. These include AOC Alsace, AOC Grand Cru, AOC Crémant of Alsace, and special mentions for the vendanges tardives and grains nobles.
The rich earth -- silt, chalky with clay-silt and volcanic ash – allows cultivation of all the Alsatian varietals, including Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Gewurztraminer, on 60% of the winery’s growing; the Alsatian Crémant and the Grands Crus represent respectively 10% and 20% of the total surface area.
From a family that has worked the earth and the vines at Eguisheim for several generations, Paul Zinck created the Zinck Winery in 1964. He started with 2.5 hectares of vines.
From his earliest days, Paul watched his parents, Henri and Anna, produce wine along with their mixed farming. With time, they started a winemaking business entirely separate from the rest; 1955 saw the first bottling. Paul continued to develop the winery, improving the equipment and quality of the production.
In the mid-70s, the winery covered 6 hectares. With the help of his wife, Christiane, Paul set up and launched a serious marketing strategy, creating a sales outlet at the winery and offering wine-tastings of his production. His first attempt at exporting was with activities and wine-tastings in Belgium.
Driven by the same passion as his father, Philippe jointed the winery in 1997 and took over the working of 8 hectares. While respectful of the values of a family-owned business, he managed to create a subtle balance between traditional small-scale methods and new wine-growing and winemaking techniques. His passion for the vines and the earth, combined with his entrepreneurial skills, have brought the winery recognition and, even more, have produced wines with a style unique to the Alsatian countryside.
Today, the winery, headed by Philippe and his wife Pascale, who joined him in 2007, covers 20 hectares and produces three complete ranges of wine, all regularly awarded by the professionals: the Portrait, Terroir and Grands Crus, topped off by the Crémant and Crémant rosé. He exports to around twenty countries.
Cultivating the vines and creating quality wines are two different passions, but they are closely entwined, as a great wine is a product of its soil.
Before anything else, I want to produce authentic wines that fully express the terroir that nourishes them. The growing method I have chosen, one that respects the earth and nature, along with the attention we give to the fruit by harvesting by hand, contribute to my goals.
The body of the wines and the aromas revealed in each glass are already there at the harvest; the winemaking only improves them. We do everything we can to interfere as little as possible and to avoid tiring or damaging the wine by useless handling.
This way, the wines we get are pure and fruity, and develop good minerality. They can be enjoyed with all the world’s cuisines.
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