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  • Vineyard Area: 12 ha
  • Soil Type: Clay-limestone
  • Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Sylvaner, Pinot Noir
  • Annual Production: 80,000 bottles
  • Country: France
  • Name Of Proprietor: Albert Seltz
  • Winemaker: Albert Seltz
  • Topography: Hillside

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Albert Seltz is situated in the heart of Mittelbergheim in the Lower Rhine. Seltz, the 14th-generation owner and winemaker, took over from his father in 1980 when he was only 19 years old. At that time, Albert had already developed a sense of the potential of his estate and a passion for the Sylvaner variety. He immediately cut production by two thirds, reduced yields, and converted to strictly organic practices. In the cellar he practices minimal intervention, employing indigenous yeasts and sur lie aging.
 
In Alsace and beyond Albert is known for his love of Sylvaner—so much so that he was instrumental in the decision to grant grand cru status to Sylvaner from the Zotzenberg vineyard. An ebullient and articulate champion of the leaner wines of his area, Albert Seltz explains “the Upper Rhine is like a pretty girl with makeup; the Lower Rhine is the pretty girl who doesn’t need the makeup.” He talks of his wines as if they were people whose talents had been underestimated: “being from a modest background doesn’t mean you’re not interesting.”

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