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Trimbach

The wine trading company with its current headquarters in the city of Ribeauvillé is located in the French wine-growing region Alsace (Haut Rin). It has a history of almost four hundred years, since a wine trade was founded by Jean Trimbach in Riquewihr in 1626. In 1673, King Louis XVI visited (1754-1793) the house. The company was expanded under the leadership of Jean-Frédéric Trimbach (born 1811). The latter moved the company headquarters to Hunawihr, where he was mayor for many years. The parent company in Riquewihr became the arch rival Hugel et Fils sold, in whose possession it is still today.

His son Frédéric-Emile traveled around the world to promote exports. The reputation of the house rose due to high awards at the World Exhibition in Brussels in 1898. Frédéric-Emile started bottling the wine instead of selling the wine in bulk in the usual way. Under his son Frédéric-Théodore, the Trimbach company headquarters were moved to Ribeauvillé after the First World War. This was instrumental in it, which was then widespread in Alsace hybrids to be replaced by noble varieties. Today the family-owned house is managed by Hubert and his brother Bernard, together with the sons Bernards, Pierre and Jean in the 11th and 12th generations, and Anne (Pierre's daughter) in the 13th generation.

Around 80,000 boxes of wine are produced annually, a third of which goes to the USA, where Trimbach has a market share of 35% of Alsace wines. The company's own vineyards cover around 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 in the Grand Cru locations Geisberg. Osterberg and Rosacker, However, it is a tradition of the house not to list these names on the label, i.e. not 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, only 1.3 hectare large Lieu-dit (Parcel) of the Rosacker site, of which only 7,000 bottles per year can be produced. However, this will not be generated in less good years. The second is the “Frédéric Émile” cuvée of very old Riesling vines named in honor of the ancestor, of which there are also only a limited number of around 4,000 boxes annually. And the third is the Gewürztraminer “Cuvée des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre”. Vendanges Tardives (late harvest) and Sélection de Grains Nobles (sweet wines from noble rot grapes) are also produced.

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