Stephanie Lewis-Degan

Stephanie Lewis-Degan

February 19, 2021  |  2 mins read
Travel

Travel and Taste Alsace, the beating heart of biodynamic winemaking in France

Antoine Kreydenweiss, winemaker at Domaine Kreydenweiss in Alsace. Travel and Taste Alsace, biodynamic wines.
Antoine Kreydenweiss, winemaker at Domaine Kreydenweiss in Alsace.

Did you know the growing biodynamic winemaking trend in France started in Alsace? Now on VIVANT, you can dive into this under-appreciated wine region and uncover its secrets and treasures. We have six new Live Experiences rolling out dedicated to Alsace and its best-tasting sustainable wines.

Get to know Alsace

The first two episodes, “Alsace: A Tapestry of Terroir” and “Grand Cru, Terroir & Tradition in Alsace,” delve into the region’s rich mosaic of terroirs and introduce the art of Alsatian winemaking. The region has the largest number of biodynamic producers in Europe, including estates like Gustave Lorentz and Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss. The first live sessions start February 22 and additional experiences will be added each week. 

Then we shift our focus to Isabelle and Céline Meyer in “Josmeyer: The Stellar Sisters of Alsace.” The duo took over the Josmeyer estate from their father, Jean Meyer, a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in the region. One a writer, the other an artist, the sisters have made their mark – literally – on the family estate known for excellence and precision. But the journey and the relationship wasn’t always easy. Isabelle and Céline open up about the family relationship dynamics that often haunt winemaking in the Old World, and that have also resulted in new generations taking ownership of family legacies to make their name by carving out their own paths in the wine world.  

The fourth and fifth chapters showcase Alsace’s enormous diversity of wine varieties and expressions. “Reflections of Terroir in Alsace Riesling” focuses on the misconceptions surrounding the region’s most iconic grape variety, often and unfortunately thought of as a sweet, heavy wine. And how far from the truth that could be! This noble grape has both an incredible range and its own uncompromising character, much like its home region in France. And just like the Josmeyer sisters, the “Challenging Traditions in Alsace” experience spotlights winemakers who are breaking boundaries by making exceptional wines with less popular grape varieties, including Pinot Noir and native varieties like Pinot Auxerrois, and the rising darling of the wine world, orange wine.

Learn by tasting Alsace

Last but not least, members can hone their tasting skills in “Master the Interactive Tasting Method with Alsace Wines.” The experience covers the major styles and typical expressions of the region’s main varieties: Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Muscat and Pinot Noir. Uncover the sheer range of Alsatian wines, build your wine IQ, and sharpen your palate along the way.

Join us as we shine a light on Alsace, one of France’s best-kept wine secrets. Save your spot, get your kit, and see you there!