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Ancient Vineyards, Ageless Traditions...

Domaines Schlumberger stretches on the sloping hills of the Alsace region, where the family’s winemaking tradition started in the early 19th century. Today, the family’s seventh generation retains its heritage – including hundred-year-old oak casks – and uses modern techniques and sustainable viticulture to produce some of the finest Alsatian varieties available. Domaines Schlumberger is the largest privately-owned estate in Alsace and is the largest Grand Crus producer in the region.

While many growers left their properties in the late 19th century for industrial and commercial ventures, the Schlumbergers expanded their estate by purchasing surrounding parcels. Today, they still own and operate the estate, with seventh-generation family members balancing tradition and modern winemaking practices to produce wines worthy of their appellations. When her father retired, Séverine Beydon-Schlumberger took over the family business and immersed herself in the world of wine, learning everything from market trends to wine distribution. Her brother Thomas joined her in 2010 as the export manager, and today serves as Domaines Schlumberger’s CEO.

Domaines Schlumberger’s vineyards total 345 acres, half of which are Grand Crus classified. Slopes can easily reach 50 degrees with an elevation ranging from 820 to 1,280 feet. The steep slopes, combined with the dry climate, account for lower production levels than typical vineyards in Alsace, amounting to around 80,000 cases a year. In addition to a smaller yield, the vineyard’s topography, causing natural erosion to the sandy soils, has required skilled masons to build dry stone walls around the terraced vines.

The vineyard is made up of four different terroirs, each with a unique soil composition. Kitterlé, for one, consists of volcanic sandstone. Kessler, tucked behind a hill, has a sandy soil. Slipping down the mountain side and shaped like a ring, Saering is all limestone. Last but not least, Spiegel’s sandy soil covers a malry-sandstone base that stretches over a hillside. Four heritage breed horses plough the soil, while sustainable agricultural practices promote a viticulture that is respectful to the environment. Lastly, biodynamic farming on 75 acres reinforces vine immunity and ensures healthy soils, allowing for grapes of the highest quality to grow in tune with the surrounding environment.