The Estate / The lieux-dits
5 lieux-dits in Bergholtz's surroundings
The hill dominated by the Oberlinger has a great diversity of terroirs, from which emanates an important variety of wines. The entirety of the estate’s plots has been cultivated using organic and biodynamic practices since 1998, with the aim of best expressing the exceptional personality of these terroirs. All these vintages come from soils based on sandstone erosion.
The Lieu-Dit BUX is the clay-limestone terroir (mainly facing East) located below the Grand Cru Spiegel. We produce Gewurztraminers and Pinots Gris there.
The Lieu-Dit BELZBRUNNEN (oriented Southeast) is a terroir with sandy surface and clay-limestone deeper down, situated at the intersection of the 3 Grands Crus Kessler, Saering, and Spiegel. We have planted Riesling and Gewurztraminer there
The Lieu-dit SCHIMBERG is has volcano-sedimentary terroir (facing due West), extending from the Grand Cru Kitterlé and overlooking the entire town of Guebwiller. This steep terroir is entirely planted with Pinot Gris.
"Heisse Wanne" (the "warm basin") has a sandy-clay-limestone soil, facing South. In its steep upstream part, it produces highly robust and mineral wines with excellent aging potential, especially the Riesling.
Soil Oolitic limestone - Southern exposure, lower part of the Bollenberg hill (with a dry moor at the top classified as Natura 2000). This soil is very suitable for the production of Pinot Noir.
All the plots of land of the domain are led in organic and biodynamic culture
In many plots, we practice a partial ploughing in autumn and a complete ploughing in spring (destruction of the superficial roots) and we let a natural grassing be reconstituted in summer to avoid the important gullies and to recreate an ecosystem. Very steep or narrow vineyards are worked with a draft horse.
By spreading biodynamic preparations, we enhance the quality of the soil, enabling the presence of a wide variety of bacteria. By providing energetic impulses, we promote a better rooting of the vine in depth and a harmonious development of leaves, flowers and fruits.
To reinforce the vine’s natural defenses, we also use small amounts of sulfur and Bordeaux mixture, nettle, osier and meadowsweet teas and horsetail decoctions.