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One of the classified Grand Cru positions in the Alsace within the appellation Alsace Grand Cru (Haut-Rhin) west of Mulhouse (Mühlhausen). The southernmost Alsatian location is among the best of the 51 Grands Crus counted. The high quality of the wines was already documented in the 13th century. Among other things, the pilgrims praised the wine that came to the collegiate church of St. Theobald to Thann. However, this was not acceptable to the church, the theologian Sebastian Munster (1488-1552) attributed the diabolic influence to the wine. The German satirist Sebastian Brant (1457-1521) wrote that Hercules had drunk so much of the Rangen wine on his travels through Alsace that he fell asleep and forgot his club after waking up.

Alsacae Grand Cru - Lage Rangen in the municipality of Thann

The wine was obviously appreciated outside the country as well. In a chronicle it is reported that at the court Maria Theresa (1717-1780) in Wien consumed six times more Rangener wine as was ever produced (apparently wine adulteration ). The south to southwest aligned steep terraced Vineyard covers 19 hectares of vineyards on volcanic soil in the communities Thann and Vieux-Thann. With up to 68 ° (248%) Tilt counts the location to the steepest vineyards Europe. At the foot of the Thur flows with positive influence on the microclimate and protection against spring frosts. It's getting halfway Pinot Gris, such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer cultured. Well-known producers are Bruno Hertz, Martin Schaetzel, Domaine Schoffit and Domaine Zind Humbrecht.

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