Alsace

Denis Hebinger

Vigneron Denis Hebinger

Location Eguisheim (Haut-Rhin)

Coverage 15 hectares

Viticulture Certified Biodynamic (Demeter)

Terroir Diverse soil types. Varied strata from geological breaks. Lower lying vineyards are made up of marine sediment. The outlets of the main Vosges rivers build large alluvial cones, there is old sandstone & Turckheim Granite from 320 million years ago.

Domaine Hebinger is a family affair. Located in Eguisheim they have been farming organically since 2006 (certification coming in 2016) and biodynamic since 2011 with Demeter Certification. Denis along with his parents; Véronique & Christian are ambassadors of permanent grassing, no till, no herbicides and agroforestry all without boasting too much about it.

The long family tradition makes farming this way seem obvious almost like there is no other option. We are opened minded to all approaches and understand that sometimes necessity outweighs desire. In Alsace, we are always reminded that there is a connection to terroir so deeply rooted in the local ethos that farming a certain way is simply just “normal”.

Though the land has been in the family for centuries, Denis is now the 4th generation at the helm of the family domaine and a a great representation of the new scene of young Alsatian winemakers who look to go further and even experiment. Skin-contact wines as of late have been the go to for many winemakers in the area in attempts to draw ever more out of each variety. The variety of blends, single parcel releases and Pet’ Nat’s has virtually blown up. Denis’ style is quite avant-garde, the wines are versatile and incredibly precise.

The Hebinger family has been selling it’s production since 1942. Denis explained that his role now as the head of the domaine is reflected on how the vineyard and the wines are conceived in long-term, the vines remain but people come and go. The important thing is to do what best for now and for the future, to build a vignoble for future generations, to constantly test and be able to showcase terroir and varieties differently then has been done while maintaining some connection the the past. Our first impression of Denis on our visit to Eguisheim in 2022 was his sense of calm and open mindedness, we had the impression that everything is well thought out, each action has purpose and each decision has an affect. He explained that adaptability is an on-going consideration for winemakers, nature is changing, people are changing and expectations now are different from those of different generations.

Eguisheim is a site that has been occupied since the paleolithic, a polycultural hotspot developed here with the first plantations of vines coming around the 10th century with the arrival of the Romans. Later in the 13th century the Bishopric of Strasbourg sub-divided the vineyard area between several local abbeys. Years of war in the region didn’t allow the vineyard of the area or development in otherwise could have. Eguisheim is 1 of only 2 villages with two terroirs classified as Alsace Grand Cru; Eichberg and Pfersigberg, covering a total of 9% of Grand Cru classified area in the whole of Alsace. In addition the family also has holdings in the village of Wintzenheim on the Grand Cru at Hengst. Domaine Hebinger is a family affair. Located in Eguisheim they have been farming organically since 2006 (certification coming in 2016) and biodynamic since 2011 with Demeter Certification. Denis along with his parents; Véronique & Christian are ambassadors of permanent grassing, no till, no herbicides and agroforestry all without boasting too much about it. The long family tradition makes farming this way seem obvious almost like there is no other option. We are opened minded to all approaches and understand that sometimes necessity outweighs desire. In Alsace, we are always reminded that there is a connection to terroir so deeply rooted in the local ethos that farming a certain way is simply just “normal”.

Though the land has been in the family for centuries, Denis is now the 4th generation at the helm of the family domaine and a a great representation of the new scene of young Alsatian winemakers who look to go further and even experiment. Skin-contact wines as of late have been the go to for many winemakers in the area in attempts to draw ever more out of each variety. The variety of blends, single parcel releases and Pet’ Nat’s has virtually blown up. Denis’ style is quite avant-garde, the wines are versatile and incredibly precise.

The Hebinger family has been selling it’s production since 1942. Denis explained that his role now as the head of the domaine is reflected on how the vineyard and the wines are conceived in long-term, the vines remain but people come and go. The important thing is to do what best for now and for the future, to build a vignoble for future generations, to constantly test and be able to showcase terroir and varieties differently then has been done while maintaining some connection the the past. Our first impression of Denis on our visit to Eguisheim in 2022 was his sense of calm and open mindedness, we had the impression that everything is well thought out, each action has purpose and each decision has an affect. He explained that adaptability is an on-going consideration for winemakers, nature is changing, people are changing and expectations now are different from those of different generations.

Eguisheim is a site that has been occupied since the paleolithic, a polycultural hotspot developed here with the first plantations of vines coming around the 10th century with the arrival of the Romans. Later in the 13th century the Bishopric of Strasbourg sub-divided the vineyard area between several local abbeys. Years of war in the region didn’t allow the vineyard of the area or development in otherwise could have. Eguisheim is 1 of only 2 villages with two terroirs classified as Alsace Grand Cru; Eichberg and Pfersigberg, covering a total of 9% of Grand Cru classified area in the whole of Alsace. In addition the family also has holdings in the village of Wintzenheim on the Grand Cru at Hengst.