Joseph Scharsch Winery is located in Wolxheim, in the heart of the "Vineyards of the Golden Crown", 20km southwest of Strasbourg.
The beginnings of this human adventure date back to 1755. Church records from that time mention the marriage of Catherine Schirr to winemaker Joseph Scharsch. Since then, eight generations of winemakers have successively developed the vineyard. Today, Nicolas Scharsch is the winemaker. Nicolas recently won "Winemaker of the Year" by the Guide Hachette 2019 for his Wolxheim Riesling.
The 35 plots that presently make up the 20ha estate are spread across five surrounding municipalities. Each piece of land has its own terroir and combination of soil and exposure. This diversity of terroir constitutes the greatest wealth, allowing the cultivation of one of the seven Alsace grape varieties: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Muscat, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Each in a location where it thrives fully. An eighth variety, Chardonnay, is dedicated exclusively to Crémant (Sparkling Wine).
Since 2009, the whole area has been dedicated to organic production, without herbicides or fertilizers or chemical treatment products. Diseases are controlled with natural products like Bordeaux mixture, sulphur or plants like nettle or horsetail. The natural fertility of the soil is maintained by composting. Grass growth is controlled by weeding or soil tillage.
Ethical and quality aspects. Ethical to cultivate a healthy product and hand on "clean" land to our children. Quality because with organic cultivation, vines produce fewer grapes. Production is naturally controlled. Organic vines also have better roots to draw deep mineral elements naturally available in soil. The wines produced combine purity and minerality.