Winery of the Week: Domaine Josmeyer
July 08, 2013
First organic, then biodynamic since the late 1990s, Domaine Josmeyer is firmly rooted in the relationship between the earth and the vines—a philosophy that gives the wines their balance and unique personalities.
From composting to making their own pest deterrents (from nettles, willow and horsetail), Josmeyer’s practices reflect the deep respect the winery has for the land and the wines it produces. The Domaine is based in Wintzenheim and is spread over 42 different vineyard parcels, including the Brand and Hengst Grands Crus.
Josmeyer grows Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Gewurztraminer, with Riesling comprising the majority of land under vine. Daughters Celine and Isabelle Meyer are the latest generation to work in the family winery, first started in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer.
Josmeyer wines share the same characteristics as many wines from Alsace: fruit-forward, but dry, and expressive of the exceptional terroir. The bottles stand out on the shelves for their labels, each a distinctive piece of art created specifically for Josmeyer by an Alsatian artist. The label program, started in 1987 by Jean Meyer, supports local artists, but also expresses the deep connection between art and wine, and the art of winemaking.