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End of the second harvest week with a "family" visit


This second week of harvest is coming to a close with glorious weather, dry and sunny with record levels of maturity. Gewurztraminers well over 14° potential and some Rieslings as we had not seen for many years now. Big smiles on many faces, including ours...

Taking advantage of the glorious weather, Riquewihr is litterally invaded by tourists. We receive that afternoon a group of visitors from Bremen, the hanseatic town where most of the historic german wine importers have been located, including our longtime customer Segnitz. Amongst them, many are already well accustomed with our wines under the local guidance of Christine and Pierre Hugel. During our harvest, we do our best to "filter" cellar visits the best we can as all of our focus must remain with the pressure of harvest work. Pierre Hugel, even if not related to our family has obviously found his keys to our cellars... Pierre, by his name but also by his passion for wines, shared by his wife is the président du directoire of WÜRTH France whose museum in Erstein is one of the most important corporate collection of modern art. We could not resist taking a picture of both Pierre Hugel which will be the first time my nephew, son of my brother Marc will appear on this Blog. His sister Margot will find her own trick to convince her uncle blogger to feature her...

After a last extensive working day, time has come to part ways with my team of unloading and pressing as supplies from contract growers comes to an end. Some of them will go back to their regular work, some will join our growing team of 50 in our own estate under the guidance of Jean Claude Ortlieb.

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