Situated on the hillsides of Ammerschwihr, the 16-hectare vineyard benefits from excellent sunshine and sustainable viticulture. Francis KLEE, the estate's oenologist, is in charge of vinification.
The 45 century-old oak casks, the oldest of which was made in 1850 by Martin Sattler, a highly respected master cooper in his day, still stand today like guardians of the temple. They are the precious testimony of an authentic and ancestral know-how. It was in these "cellars of hell" that the Société des Amis d'Ammerschwihr was founded, becoming the Confrérie Saint Etienne in 1947.
The cellar also houses 35 oak barrels, used to mature Pinot Noirs. Following on from the "cellars of hell" is a more modern cellar, housing several stainless steel vats ranging from 21 to 150 hectolitres.
Nicknamed the "Caves de l'Enfer" ("the cellars of hell"), the cellars at Maison KUEHN were built in the 17th century and are steeped in history. They are the oldest and deepest cellars in the village. They are almost 7 metres above road level. The cellars contain two large wells, one of which was built in 1675. It is 7.80 metres deep. Only this cellar is not accessible to people with reduced mobility.
The "cellars of hell" served as a refuge during the uncertain and critical times of the fighting in the winter of 1944, and for us are a symbol of hope and optimism. Their vaults protected the villagers and the cultural jewels of the village church, preserving them until better times. During these days of endless hours, everyone was supported by the kindness, care and hospitality of the KUEHN family. Today, our wines and Crémants d'Alsace carry within them the hope and joy of the outcome of this story. They have all come out of the "Caves de l'Enfer"!
Their cellars, 7 metres underground and nicknamed “Hell cellars”, are amazing ! My tip: make an appointment to be sure to have the chance to discover the cellars.
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