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Trimbach

The wine merchant's house with its current headquarters in the town of Ribeauvillé is located in the French winegrowing region Alsace (Haut Rin). It has a history of almost four hundred years, as Jean Trimbach founded a wine trade in Riquewihr in 1626. In 1673 King Louis XVI visited. (1754-1793) the house. Under the leadership of Jean-Frédéric Trimbach (born 1811) the business was expanded. This moved the company headquarters to Hunawihr, where he was mayor for many years. The ancestral home in Riquewihr became the arch rival Hugel et Fils sold, in whose possession it is still today.

His son Frédéric-Emile undertook worldwide travel to promote export. With high honors at the World's Fair in Brussels in 1898, the reputation of the house increased. Frédéric-Emile began bottling the wines, instead of selling the wine in large containers as before. Under his son Frédéric-Théodore, the Trimbach company headquarters were relocated to Ribeauvillé after the First World War. This was instrumental in the then widespread in Alsace hybrids to be replaced by noble varieties. Today, the family-owned house of Hubert and his brother Bernard, together with their sons Bernards, Pierre and Jean in the 11th and 12th generation, as well as Anne (Pierre's daughter), is being run by the 13th generation.

About 80,000 boxes of wine are produced each year, of which one third goes to the US, where Trimbach has a market share of 35% of Alsace wines. Its own vineyards cover about 40 hectares of vineyards. They are mainly planted with Riesling and Gewürztraminer, as well as Pinot Noir, Sylvaner, Muscat d 'Alsace (Muscat Blanc), Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris. Part of it is located in the Grand Cru locations Geisberg. Osterberg and Rosacker, However, it is a tradition of the house not to mention these names on the label, so do not put them under the AC Alsace Grand Cru market.

There are three absolute premium wines. The first is the long-lived Riesling "Clos Ste-Hune" from the eponymous, just 1.3 acres Lieu-dit (Plot) of the location Rosacker, from which only 7,000 bottles per year can be produced. But this is not produced in less good years. The second is the Cuvée "Frédéric Émile", named after the ancestor, of very old Riesling vines, of which there are also only a limited number of around 4,000 boxes per year. And the third is the Gewürztraminer "Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre". It also produces Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (sweet wines from noble rot grapes).

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