Alsatian vineyards are located on the flanks of the Vosges Mountains between altitudes from 175-420 meters (575 to 1,380 feet), benefiting from an exceptional location in the Upper Rhine Valley. The region is on a geological fault which gives rise to a complex mixture of soils derived from granite, shale, sandstone and limestone. The climate is very favorable to vine growth since the region is protected by the Vosges Moutains from humid oceanic influences, and rainfall is relatively low.
The RUHLMANN vineyards cover an area of about 30 hectares (75 acres) around Dambach-la-Ville and its four surrounding communes. They include two Grands Crus (Frankstein and Muenchberg) as well as two “Lieu-Dit” wines which are named to reflect their geological location. This geographical distribution, built up over generations, makes it possible to match different grape varieties to their most favorable terroir. The vines, some of which are ‘Vieilles Vignes’ (particularly old and established) are worked in a traditional way which brings out the finesse and character distinctive of their particular terroir.