When Burgundy grape grower meets Alsatian grape grower, an only daughter with a profound affection for her local soil, they feel a primitive, uncontainable duty to draw attention to the vines that tell the secrets of their native soil, a duty that ultimately becomes a passion.
Men come and go, the soil remains, we are merely passing…
We originally felt this urge out of duty and respect for generations of Alsatian grape growers before us (Jean-Pierre and Hélène Grayer, our Great grandparents Pontius). Duty then turned into passion, a passion for the vines of Alsace, and we became determined to make them the closest possible reflection of their homeland.
Finally, it became a pleasure, a pleasure to work with a soil so rich in history and culture, a soil so rich in meaning and emotion, a soil with a strong, steadfast personality, and our ambition for Alsace wines to be signed by Trapet was born. -Andrée Trapet, Vigneronne
Andrée, with her Burgundian husband Jean-Louis and their sons Pierre and Louis at her side, farm her family’s vines in the villages of Riquewihr and Beblenheim. Andrée’s love for her native soils, combined with the Trapet’s unwavering commitment to natural viticulture inspired her to employ biodynamic principles in these vineyards, including in the terraced Grand Crus of Schoenenbourg, Schlossberg, Sporen and Sonnenglanz. Plantings span the Alsatian varietal spectrum including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Auxerrois, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. Today, as in Burgundy, the estate is 100% demeter certified.
Andrée seeks a dryer style of wine, with aromatic intrigue and complex flavors. Over the years, smaller barrels have been replaced with foudres, and many efforts have been made to reduce sulfur levels in hopes of finding the purest expression of terroir and grape variety. What started as a duty to honor and respect generations of Alsatian grape growers before her, turned into a passion for the vines of Alsace and a desire to produce wines that reflect her homeland. We are honored to be a part of this Trapet family mission!
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