André Kientzler is a family business wich is making wine for 5 generations . It is located in Ribeauvillé (68150) , route de Bergheim ( On Bergheim road ) . Phone is 0033 (0)3 89 73 67 10 . The vineyards building is just outside Ribeauvillé . It was built 30 years ago amidst vineyards you can see all around . Previously they were in the middle of the village wich as said before, posed a lot of problems because of lack of space in historic farms , and because tourist life , with its hotels , restaurants and pedestrian zones , collide with the daily traffic of viticulture machines and trucks . The new setting offers views on the vineyards, on the village and inbetween , on the Carola plant : Ribeauvillé is not only well known for its wine , but it has water springs and its Carola bottled water is a favorite of alsacians . Carola was even a renowned thermal spring (between 1870 and 1918 , Ribeauvillé was renamed Rappoltsweiler under german rule and a lot of visitors went to "Carolabad" for the health benefits of the water) . On the picture at the top made in Ribeauvillé , you can see the vineyards afar , and a medieval fortress that dominates the place . Alsacian slopes offers many of such fortresses , most in ruins , that tell of unsecure times .
André Kientzler makes all alsacian grape varieties , except Pinot Noir . So , only white grape varieties in this Domaine. Last year was a special year with special weather conditions : Flower time came as early as the end of may , wich is unseen . To compare with 2004 , as of june 8 th , no flower had appeared yet . Usually , it is said that grape harvest comes 100 days after flowering .
Now lets taste . Kietzler's Pinots Blancs are said to be of great interest . So we will begin with them . Click below for the tasting list.