Grand Cru


Mittelwihr & Beblenheim

The Coteau des Amandiers (almond tree hill) generously welcomes the sun and displays exquisite reflections. Its wines are distinguished by weight and balance which convey the site’s harmony.

  • Soil type Clay-limestone
  • Surface area in hectares 20
  • Exposure South, South-East and South-West
  • Village Mittelwihr & Beblenheim
  • Altitude 205 to 256 metres
  • Grape varieties (in % per variety)
    • Gewurztraminer 54%
    • Riesling 39%
    • Pinot Gris 7%
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Grand Cru Mandelberg

The wines

All the factors are united to produce fruity, powerful and generous wines.

The terroir-tie

Riesling, well-balanced, does not have imposing elegance or body. The wines are very harmonious.

Its polished and elegant finish stems from its lively youth which highlights fruity aromas …

Serge DUBS
Best Sommelier in the World, 2007

With Gewurztraminer, the palate is hit with power, mouthfeel and roundness.

An elegant and generous body. The eastern exuberance tends to pan out with years thanks to a terroir providing aromatic complexity perfectly blended with remarkable concentration.

Serge DUBS
Best Sommelier in the World, 2017

Mandelberg wines are generous and ample.

The middle mouth combines weight, generosity and balance. Delicious pâtissier aromas are often present with candied fruit and vanilla. The length has delicate bitterness which confirms the lively character of these wines.
The natural vigour of Riesling brings out the opulent spirit of Mandelberg. Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer boast structured and elegant generosity.

Romain ILTIS
Best Sommelier of France, 2012 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, 2015 (in the Sommelier category)

Choose and serve

Vintage years

During early-ripening vintage years: sensitive and tender wines with hints of confit and a complex aromatic range.

Lors de millésimes tardifs : the Mandelberg weight remains impressive and coats a more vigorous acidity. The fruity character is present on a fresher register.

Romain ILTIS
Best Sommelier of France, 2012 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, 2015 (in the Sommelier category)

Wine and food pairing

The substance and weight of these Mandelberg wines pair perfectly with generous and spicy dishes. Fish tarts, rabbit or poultry prepared with spices, are all highly-flavoursome dishes which will perfectly highlight the aromatic edge and structure of this Grand Cru.

Romain ILTIS
Best Sommelier of France, 2012 and Meilleur Ouvrier de France, 2015 (in the Sommelier category)


Grand Cru Mandelberg

The terroir

The nature

This balanced clay-limestone terroir has great exposure and forms an ideal crucible for Gewurztraminer.


The Mandelberg hill or almond-tree-hill is located directly north of Mittelwihr.
The steep slopes on the edge of the village were caused by the Sembach stream erosion which evacuated water coming from the Riquewihr dip. Towards the peak the slope decreases, forming a plateau heading north. It has mostly south exposure with some parts to the east upon the Alsace plain.


Soils are from the conglomerate Oligocene geological period which borders on the Rhineland fault. These are brown calcareous soils which contain a high level of pebbles and angular pebbles. Due to this they are perfectly suited to deep-digging vine roots. This phenomenon, along with the good soil water storage thanks to the clay, provides an ideal water supply during summer seasons.


The Mandelberg mesoclimate is very pleasant, influenced by a combination of several factors. The mostly south exposure and relatively low-hill altitude (between 205 and 256m), have a positive effect on the average temperature of the site.
Being about 2 to 3 km from the Vosges mountain range, the terroir also benefits from extended sunshine in the evening. Last but not least, the plateau stretching out to the north ideally protects it from cold winds.
The presence of almond trees is rather rare at this altitude and is proof of its highly-pleasant climate.

The people

Heritage transmission

Comparable to numerous other Alsace Grand Crus, Mandelberg has been known since Roman Antiquity and was a lively and coveted terroir during the Middle Ages. But it was actually the only terroir which Charlemagne came through, leaving traces of his passage.

This site has been known since Antiquity with the vineyards happily growing alongside the almond trees, the latter giving its name to the hill.

One day, Charlemagne, who was heading towards Italy, made a stop around Mittelwihr to no doubt drink some of its wines. When the procession left, some strange shells lay on the ground. The inhabitants buried them underground to avoid any bad omens, and a little after the almond trees grew. So hence the legend of the Mandelberg almond-tree-hill where vines were already happily growing during Roman times.

La culture des fruits du Bassin méditerranéen marquait autrefois les limites des conquêtes des légions de Rome. The vineyards and almond trees were symbols of a new civilisation. On Mandelberg, these mythic plants are just as inseparable today as they were back in their homeland. They have become the emblem of Mittelwihr identity. A purely wine-making identity which is visible by the numerous family estates dedicated to vine-growing.

Au Moyen Âge, nobles et ecclésiastiques se disputaient, ici comme ailleurs, le meilleur du vignoble. During the Middle Ages, noblemen and ecclesiastics fought over the best vineyards. The numerous parcels making-up the Grand Cru and their distant appellations show the fervour sparked by this hill with Horbourg and Wurtemberg lords, masters of the locality, and various abbeys – Saint Dié, Ebersmunster, Murbach and Pairis.

Victor Canales

The Mandelberg appellation already appeared on Alsace bottles in 1925 and became part of the Alsace Grand Cru appellations in 1992.