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Fahrer-Bossert family, wine makers in the vineyard of Alsace
Fanny, the wife of Raphaël BOSSERT, son of Sylvie FAHRER, started working at the estate in April 2019 after a first life in transportation and construction. She decided to come and help the family estate which has been established in the village of Saint-Hyppolite for 4 generations! 10 hectares of vineyards located a few minutes walk from the estate in the heart of the village whose noble grape varieties of Alsace are known throughout the world.
An area where the environment is important, which is labeled HVE and in biological conversion (labeling planned for 2021). A desire animated by the son, Raphaël, who decided, by himself, to move to a job more in accordance with his principles and his desire to promote the terroir and preserve the environment. Now the whole family is delighted with this choice and thanks Raphaël for having started this new path. At the edge of the Haut Rhin and the Bas Rhin, a few minutes from Ribeauvillé and its casino and spa area, the Domaine Sylvie Fahrer & Fils is one of the 12 areas of the village (an ideal place to make a vineyard road trip on foot) and benefits from a continental climate with fairly cold winters and hot and dry summers. Grapes that must therefore be collected early enough for the production of Crémants (based on Riesling and Pinot Blanc here) and a little later for the production of wines in AOC. At the time we write this article, the grape harvest is still ongoing at the estate and the grape pickers are faithful in this family estate! 50 years of harvest for one of them who should remember this special event that the family wants to celebrate.
Alsace saw the first French Wine Route inaugurated in 1953 and running along more than 170 km. Even if the route is quite sinuous, you will be widely rewarded by crisscrossing this mythical road through magnificent villages some of which are classified “Most beautiful villages in France” such as Eguishem, Riquewihr, Mittlebergheim… 15,000 hectares of vines planted with 7 noble grape varieties: Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner and Pinot Noir. Alsace wines must be bottled in the production area.
- The wines of the AOC Alsace: white or red based on a single grape variety in general. In this case, the name of the grape variety may be indicated on the label. They may also come from an assembly of several grape varieties sometimes called «Edelzwicker».
- AOC Alsace Lieu-Dit Wines
- AOC Alsace Communale Wines: 13 municipalities can take advantage of this title
- Mellow white wines: The white wines from “Vendanges tardives” are rich, full-bodied and very fine mellow wines.
- Sweet white wines: White wines from “Selections de grains nobles” are aromatic sweet wines of great richness
- Red wines: from the Pinot Noir grape variety.
- Rosé wines: from the Pinot Noir grape variety. Three possible denominations: Alsace Pinot Noir, Alsace Clairet or Alsace Schillerwein for rosé wines.
- Sparkling wines: These are white or rosé wines elaborated according to the traditional method (Champagne), called Crémant d’Alsace. The Crémant d’Alsace is characterized by its lightness, finesse, fruitiness and freshness. The Crémant rosé comes from the Pinot noir grape variety. Crémant blanc can be obtained from an assemblage of the following grape varieties: Pinot blanc, Pinot gris, Auxerrois, Riesling, Pinot noir, Chardonnay.
In the heart of the village is therefore the guest rooms of the estate with the names of the Alsatian grape varieties. A half-timbered house and a reception «Comme à la maison» where we like to receive and enjoy shared moments (when possible) at the bar, in the living room or at the time of breakfast in the magnificent half-timbered room.
The rooms are equipped with all the comforts necessary for your stay. Each room has its own bathroom and toilet, towels, shower and hairdryer. The rooms are equipped with flat screen TV and free wifi throughout the area. Ribeauvillé is a 10-minute drive, Colmar 20 minutes, Strasbourg 45 minutes, castles and some of the most villages in France are a few minutes away.
Places not to be missed around Domaine Sylvie Fahrer & Son
“Our location is perfect for nature lovers with walks with magnificent views of the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg, stops on the wine route in the charming and typical small villages of the region such as Bergheim, Eguisheim …
For families, I often recommend the Monkey Mountain, a wildlife park at 1h30 on foot or 10 minutes by car in Kintzheim or the eagle wing: the big and small can enjoy it. Even more authentic with us: Cigoland, a very educational park with storks of course! Obviously as it is our symbol it should not be missed!”
Our favorite restaurant at Domaine Sylvie Fahrer & Son
“We have 6 restaurants in the village ranging from winstub (traditional Alsatian brasserie) to semi-gourmet restaurant. We serve as much flambé pie (famous flameekueche, traditional sauerkraut, baeckeoffe. One of the restaurants I really like is the Bacchante with a menu that changes all the time. The choice is always 3 starters, 3 courses, 3 desserts that vary according to the season, the products available etc. 30€ for a traditional and evolving menu. There is also the Hotel du Parc, a 4-star hotel in Obernai with a winstub or semi-gourmet side.
Soon, we will offer lunch baskets for our customers with local products from the village (charcuterie, butchery, etc.); a terroir that we are already highlighting at breakfast time.”
Our clients at Domaine Sylvie Fahrer & Son
«We welcome a lot of French, even in times outside COVID, Belgian, German, mostly couples. Couples who, by the way, come back year after year. This year, we had a lot of last-minute bookings, customers passing by, wanting to change their minds and discover a local producer. We like to welcome and show our production, and it is in the vault that we sell our bottles the most: 70 to 80% of our production is sold, a small part to local restaurateurs. For me, the best season to come is winter after the holidays when the vines are snowy and the light is powerful. We can warm up in a winstub with a good sauerkraut and one of our riesling by the fire and sleep in one of our B&B traditionaly alsacian. We also have more time to spend with our visitors at the period of the year.”
Text : Bacchus. Pictures: Domaine Sylvie Fahrer&Son