"This [natural winemaking] is the form of viticulture that respects humanity the most, as well as ones health and that of our planet." - Christian Binner
Tucked in between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine river in the north-east of France, Alsace was for long time part of Germany and the tall green tapered bottles, the dominance of Riesling and aromatic whites reflect this. And it is also home to Christian Binner. With more than 20 harvests of experience, Christian farms 3 grand crus vineyards, couple of lieux-dits (premier crus), working with old vines, and makes around 20 different cuvées.
The history of the Domaine goes back to 1770, with even older vines - grand Cru Kaefferkopf dates back to 1328 - being a polyculture farm first and focusing solely on wine from 1940s with Christian’s father. When the ‘green revolution’ hit and many growers started using chemicals, he kept farming organically and when Christian took over in 2000, he pushed the envelope even more, leading the way with biodynamic viticulture. Nowadays the Domaine, ran by Audrey and Christian Binner, consists of 8 hectares; while Christian manages another fun, collective project with other winemaker friends - Les Vins pirouettes - 14 estates in 13 different villages in Alsace.