EVOLUTION OF DOMAINE ZIND HUMBRECHT

Over the years we have experimented with, discovered or perfected our viticultural and vinification techniques in a constant endeavour to improve quality. Below are the key dates in the evolution of the Domaine Zind Humbrecht.

 

  • 1959   Creation of the Zind Humbrecht Domaine in Wintzenheim. Construction of new cellars and premises
  • 1970   End of pre-filtration of wines which are now kept on fine lees right up to bottling
  • 1973   Expansion of stocking premises for wines in bottle
  • 1975   First trimming (hedging) machine in Alsace
  • 1977   Acquisition of the Clos Saint Urbain at Rangen de Thann.
  • 1978   Acquisition of additional pieces of land in the Hengst, Brand and Heimbourg vineyards
  • 1981   Installation of a temperature control system in our traditional oak vats
  • (First Domaine in Alsace)
  • 1983   Acquisition and planting of the Clos Jebsal vineyard
  • 1983   Reduction in the spacing of wires to enable shorter pruning of our vines
  • 1986   Construction of a new wine press room. Grapes of the entire harvest are pressed whole bunch. (Also introduced the first Grand Cru series Bucher wine press in Alsace imported from Switzerland)
  • 1987   Acquisition of the Clos Windsbuhl vineyard
  • 1989   Acquisition of a second Bucher wine press, and an increase in pressing time. Radical change in training of vines: vines trained in single plane, foliar surface increased
  • 1992   Construction of new storage cellars and commercial buildings in the Herrenweg de Turckheim. Improvement in both the gravity concept and the maturation (élevage) of the wines. Fining techniques abandoned completely
  • 1993   Chaptalisation (only rarely used) discontinued entirely
  • 1995   Wines bottled later, after at least one year on lees
  • 1997   First organic & biodynamic vine growing trials
  • 1998   Acquisition of the third Bucher wine press.
  • Pressing times increased to over 12 hours
  • 1998   First year of conversion to organic culture for most of the Domaine (Ecocert)
  • 2000   Year 3 of conversion to organic/biodynamic status.
  • The entire Domaine has Ecocert certification
  • 2002   Biodyvin biodynamic certification
  • 2005   First animal traction used for ploughing of the soil by Nikita (Domaine Zind Humbrecht’s Ardennes workhorse)
  • 2010   Acquisition of a vineyard parcel in the Sommerberg Grand Cru