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All the fairies watched over the valley...

During the Middle Ages the vineyards of Wihr-au-Val belonged to the famous Habsbourg and Ribeaupierre families and already had a reputation for producing quality wines. Nestled in the heart of the Munster valley, the location fulfilled all the conditions for a brilliant future in the Alsatian soil. Unfortunately, the vicissitudes of history destroyed that future, leaving nothing but devastation at the end of World War II.


Embrace history and prepare the soil...

During the 1970's, Henri Schoenheitz senior, passionate about history and in love with the area where he was born, undertook the rebirth of this lovely vineyard which had been nearly wiped out. Slowly, as at the time the area was under mixed agricultural usage, he retraced the original contours of the vineyards at Wihr-au-Val whose legitimacy had been all but forgotten. Preparing the soil and replanting the steep hillsides was a difficult undertaking and is still pursued by Henri junior, assisted by his wife Dominique.


The connaisseur's palate is the sole judge of "quality"

In 1980 Dominique and the younger Henri Schoenheitz, both fresh graduates in oenology and viticulture, launched themselves into their first harvests. The wines of Schoenheitz were yet to be created. For them it was like the pleasure of a blank page, waiting to be written on. These young vintners, the only independent wine makers in the village, quickly began defining their style: sustainable agriculture as a method to create epicurean wines.


From the pursuit of history to the writing of a success story...

In 1995 they received a satisfying reward: the prize “vingt sur vins” recognizing 15 years of passion and determination. Both professional experts and private connoisseurs are choosing Alsace wines more and more, and their loyalty to Schoenheitz wines is a salute to their quality.