Winery of the Week: Helfrich
September 12, 2018
Established in 1934, the Helrich family has been in Alsace for six generations, and in the wine and spirits business for three. Joseph Helfrich founded Les Grand Chais de France in 1979, which went on to become one of the most successful wine companies in France, and the innovations have continued since.
There’s a reason this family-owned winery calls itself the “Modern Face of Alsace.” Joseph’s son Frederic and daughter Anne-Laure represent the current generation, working in export and communications, and traveling the globe to introduce wine drinkers to their family wine and to Alsace. Frederic was nominated as “Person of the Year” in Wine Enthusiast magazine’s Wine Star Awards in 2016.
Helfrich produces a variety of wines from gateway to Grand Cru, and including Cremant and its historic line of eau de vie. Riesling, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris comprise the well-priced Noble range and Steinklotz Grand Crus.
Grapes for the Noble range are sourced from six vineyards in Alsace’s Couronne d’Or (“Golden Crown”) region near Strasbourg. The Grand Cru line is produced from grapes from the Steinklotz Vineyard in Marlenheim on the eastern side of the Vosges Mountains.