Wines Of Alsace

Winery of the Week: Sipp-Mack

January 12, 2015

The Sipp-Mack winery was formed in 1959 with the marriage of François Sipp and Maire Louise Mack, though both families had been making wine for nine generations. This “blending” continues with the current generation: Jacques Sipp currently runs the winery with his American-born wife Laura. The couple met working at wineries in the United States and married not only each other, but their cultures and perspectives.

Cultivating 54 acres in the villages of Hunawihr, Ribeauvillé and Bergheim, Sipp-Mack uses organic farming methods. The winery was fully certified with the 2012 vintage, though sustainable practices have been in place since 2000.

Sipp-Mack produces a line of “tradition” white wines for everyday drinking from Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Muscat, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. Additionally, the “vieilles vignes” (old vines) line includes Riesling, Sylvaner and Gewurztraminer produced from 40-year-old vines, which allow for more concentration and a longer period of aging. Finally, two Grand Cru wines from Rosacker and Osterberg (both Riesling and Pinot Gris) show the intense structure, depth and elegance that are hallmarks of Alsace winemaking.

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