HISTORY  OF Kuentz-Bas

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The winemaking activity of Kuentz-Bas family is documented in Husseren-les-Chateaux archives since 1795. During its early development, the estate focused all its sales efforts on the french restaurants, mostly in Alsace but also in the Vosges region. Our cellar, which is still in use today, was built in 1894.  A wedding between the Kuentz family and the Bas family united them, and they joined forces to make the estate prosperous. The exceptionnal quality of their production opened up new opportunities for sales in Alsace; of course, but also in Paris and abroad.

A voice for alsatian winemaking

The Kuentz-Bas family served as a true ambassador of Alsatian winemaking in France and around the world. The estate experienced significant growth, and brilliantly recovered from the devastating world war II while preparing ist bright future.

The prosperous estate expanded the size of its cellar, and acquired a new bottling chain. In 1954, the estate owned 12 hectares of vines exclusively grown on the steep hills, and continued to build its brand around the world until 2003.

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Wines designed for Gastronomy

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KUENTZ-BAS, located in Husseren-les-Châteaux, the highest village on the alsatian wine road, is on the foothills of the « Trois Châteaux »  of Eguisheim, about 8 km south of Colmar. Kuentz-Bas ambitions are to actively contribute to the cultural and gastronomical excellence of Alsace, which has the most  "Michelin starred" restaurants in France. It wasn't until 2004 that Jean-Baptiste ADAM, prestigious name in alsatian viticulture decided to give a second chance to the estate. Samuel Tottoli joined the estate the same year. 

 July 2017 : Olivier Raffin, successor of Samuel Tottoli, took over as managing director.

The agreement with Domaine Jean-Baptiste ADAM, anchored in the history of Ammerschwihr, opened new opportunities for both family estates, both sharing a rich historic past as "Gastronomic Winemakers". They combined their resources and "know-how" to give more strength to their passion. Lead by Jean-Baptiste Adam, both estates started to adopt biodynamic viticulture methods in 2004 to better respect their identities and nature, aiming for a higher quality. This commitment brought back the generosity and the true identity of the terroirs, such as the "Grand Cru Eichberg" and the "Grand Cru Pfersigberg". The wines are, depending on the selection, either vinified in hundred year old oak casks, allowing perfect micro oxidation, or in stainless steel tanks to preserve the fruit aromas.

For more than 200 years, the Kuentz-Bas estate has been producing authentic wines, true to their terroir and vinified according to simple and natural methods. Each Kuentz-Bas wine will either reveal the true identity of the grape variety or the expression of the terroir. Choosing a biodynamic viticultural approach has become a major step forward in our quest for excellence. A single taste will make you to understand how our winemaking philosophy is making our wines strikingly different !

L'abus d'alcool est dangereux pour la santé. À consommer avec modération.