EGUISHEIM & WETTOLSHEIM
Shielded in part from the oceanic influences by the imposing mountain chain, the Pfersigberg hillsides have slopes with particularly sunny east-south-east exposure. The conglomerate-like hillside subsoil is composed of varied limestone pebbles: grey and very hard Muschelkalk formations or yellow and less resistant from the Middle Jurassic period. The marl-limestone soil from this parent rock is classed among the heavy limestone-content calcium magnesium soils, thus a rendzina type with alkaline pH varying between 7.7 and 8.
In this sort of clayey-silt textured terrain, the average water retention as well as the soil colour and the low humidity which favour intense heat rays, leads to a very early-ripening of grapes.
Pfersigberg, which stretches over 74.55ha, has a strong preference for Gewurztraminer. Pinot Gris, Riesling and Muscat also develop wonderful complexity, a lot of elegance and finesse.
Pfersigberg is cited during the 16th century in lease agreements between lords and convents. More recently, the Eguisheim wine-growers awarded a prize for Pfersigberg wines during the first Wine Fair in Colmar in 1927.
Pfersigberg wine, and more specifically Gewurztraminer, is characterized by body, fruitiness, aroma and longevity.