The winery and trading house in the French Alsace
has been family owned since 1639 and was famous for its wines in the 18th and 19th centuries. In 1902 Frédéric Emile Hugel founded today's headquarters in Riquewihr, the building being built by the arch-competitor Trimbach
was bought. Today the family business is headed by Jean-Philippe and Etienne Hugel, Marc Hugel is a cellar master. The vineyards cover 25 hectares of vineyards, about half of them in the Grands Crus Schoenbourg
, Hugel does not use
the AC Alsace Grand Cru
(the layer names do not appear on the label), but marketed the wines under the AC Alsace, The vineyards are mostly planted with Riesling and Gewürztraminer (each 40%), and Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. It is practiced near-natural viticulture.
Low yields and strictly selected grapes yield wines of the highest quality. These are produced in the lines "Régulaire", "Tradition" and the top class "Jubilée Vendange Tardive" (late vintage). In appropriate years, there is also "Sélection de Grains Nobles" (from noble rotten grapes). Grapes are also purchased and the resulting wines are marketed under the brand names "Fleur d'Alsace" (mainly Silvaner), "Gentil d'Alsace" and "Cuvée les Amours" (Pinot Blanc). Every year around 100,000 boxes (1.2 million bottles) of wine are produced, of which around 80% are exported. A big part of it to England. The company is a member of the renowned Family Winery Association PFV
(Primum Familiae Vini).