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Domaine Alsace Willm | Alsace

Winemaker - Bertrand Praz
Domaine Alsace Willm | Alsace image

By the end of the first millennium 160 villages in Alsace were growing vines and by the Middle Ages Alsace wines were among the most highly prized in Europe. Winegrowing reached its zenith in the 16th century but was brutally interrupted by the Thirty Years' War of 1618-1648, which devastated the region. Pillaged, depopulated and ravaged by disease, all commercial activity declined dramatically.

Alsace's rebirth came after the First World War when winegrowers began focusing on traditional high-quality grape varieties. From 1945 this was reinforced by delimitation of Alsace's vineyard area. Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée status was finally awarded - AOC in 1962, AOC Grand Cru in 1975 and AOC Crémant d'Alsace in 1976.

Located 36 kilometres south of Strasbourg in the wine-growing village of Barr, on the Route du Vin d'Alsace, Domaine Willm has seen much of the region's history unfold; having been founded as an estate property in 1896 by the Willm family.

Willm slowly built its production and reputation as it flourished following the Great War of 1914-1918. The Willm family was the first to export, sending its first shipment to the U.S. in 1936. Legend has it that Al Capone drank Willm's Grand Cru Gewürztraminer while imprisoned after the Prohibition. Exports to over 35 countries including New Zealand now comprise nearly 80% of production.

Tasting Note
Accolade summary
Bottle Images
Willm Reserve Gewurztraminer 750ml 2016 (PDF 804 KB) (PDF 269 KB) (JPEG 2 MB)
Willm Reserve Pinot Gris 750ml 2014 (PDF 80 KB) (PDF 38 KB) (JPEG 567 KB)
Willm Reserve Pinot Gris 750ml 2015 (PDF 79 KB) (PDF 273 KB) (JPEG 567 KB)
Willm Reserve Riesling 750ml 2013 (PDF 117 KB) (PDF 38 KB) (JPEG 2 MB)
Willm Reserve Riesling 750ml 2014 (PDF 60 KB) (PDF 275 KB) (JPEG 2 MB)