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

Alsacae Grand Cru - location Rangen in the municipality of Thann

The wine was obviously valued outside the country. A chronicle reports that at the court Maria Theresias (1717-1780) in Wien six times more Rangen wine was consumed than was ever produced (apparently wine adulteration ). The steep south to southwest terraced Vineyard covers 19 hectares of vineyards on volcanic soil in the communities of Thann and Vieux-Thann. With up to 68 ° (248%) Tilt the situation is one of the steepest vineyards Europe. At the foot of the Thur flows with a positive influence on the small climate and protection against spring frosts. It will be half 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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