Winery of the week: Domaine Binner
April 16, 2018
Established in 1770, the Binner estate has vineyards in the Kaefferkopf, Schlossberg and Wineck-Schlossberg Grands Crus and other parcels in Ammerschwihr, with most vines averaging 35 years old, and the rest between 60 and 100 years old. The domaine has been farmed sustainably (chemical free) for almost 35 years, and is ECOCERT-certified for its organic farming practices.
In 2012, Christian finished a new eco-friendly winery whose roof is covered in soil and slopes up from the ground, using the surrounding earth as natural temperature control.
The domaine produces some 60 wines from Sylvaner, Riesling, Muscat, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir in three ranges, including a line of special cuvees. The diverse range of styles include Crémant d’Alsace, eau de vie and late-harvest wines.
Binner also makes vinegars from late-harvest Riesling and Gewurztraminer, co-produced with Nathalie Lefort, who operated the artisanal La Guinelle vinegar factory in southern France, near the Spanish border.