|General Introduction to the Estate
The Hugel Family, Pioneers of Winegrowing in Alsace
During the XVIIIth and XIXth centuries, the Hugel family gained an enviable
reputation for their winegrowing skills and for the meticulous way in
which they cultivated their vineyards.
Vines have been cultivated in Alsace for more
than 2,000 years, and brought great prosperity to the region, particularly
in the Middle Ages.
Until the early XVIIth century, Alsace was the largest and most renowned
wine producing region in the Germanic Holy Roman Empire. The Thirty Years
War (1618 - 1648), the French Revolution (1789), the Napoleonic Wars and
the Franco-Prussian War of 1870 caused the steady decline of the Alsace
After 1918, a handful of farsighted and courageous winegrowers, including
Frédéric Emile Hugel, took steps to save the vineyards of Alsace. This
veritable pioneer devoted his entire life to the promotion of high-quality
wines from noble grape varieties. His son Jean continued this crusade.
By his perseverance and hard work he proved that Alsace wines merited
a place among the finest wines in the world.
The next generation is faithfully implementing the major principles it
has inherited from its ancestors. A noble mission awaits Jean-Philippe,
Marc and Etienne : to make Alsace wine the great white wine of the XXIst