History of the Domaine | Wettolsheim - Alsace
The origins of Domaine Barmès-Buecher
Domaine Barmès-Buecher, located in the heart of the Alsace region, just a few kilometres from Colmar and Eguisheim, was founded in 1985 by Geneviève Barmès (née Buecher) and her husband François Barmès. They combined the land holdings of their respective families, who had owned vines in Wettolsheim, one of the region’s largest wine growing towns, since the 17th century.
Geneviève and François chose to grow their vines using biodynamic practices, which places the emphasis on a respect for nature, life forces and natural cycles. The Domaine’s 15 hectares were converted to biodynamic growing in 1998 and have been certified biodynamic since the 2001 vintage.
This form of wine growing allows a closer relationship with the terroir and a better understanding of the environment surrounding the vine and the wine grower.
A family domaine
After the tragic death of François in 2011, his daughter, Sophie, and son, Maxime, had to become more involved in the management of the Domaine. Maxime took over production and vinification and, along with his sister and mother, continued the rigorous work in the vineyards and winery intent on producing wines with very distinctive personalities.
The recognition from the French and international press, as well as a loyal clientele, attest to the Barmès-Buecher family’s great expertise and the quality of the wines produced.
At Domaine Barmès-Buecher, they strive to respect their family heritage and the experience built up over the years. Geneviève, Sophie and Maxime have strong human values and work the land of their ancestors in a quest to create a true and honest reflection of the terroir.
The Barmès-Buecher family believes in working in a spirit of trust and has a dedicated and committed team upon whom they can rely. The team is made up of 8 people, including Geneviève, Maxime and Sophie, who strive each day to make wine of great quality. All of the work in the vineyards is carried out by permanent and experienced team members in close collaboration with the winemaker and the family. Thanks to their painstaking, meticulous work, the Domaine is able to produce unique wines.
Domaine Barmès-Buecher is guided and defined by its desire to reflect the balance, harmony and purest natural expression of the terroir, vintage and varietal.
Domaine Barmès-Buecher grows a number of different Alsace grape varieties in its 17 hectares of vineyards:
- Pinot Noir
- Muscat Ottonel
- Pinot Blanc
- Pinot Gris
- Pinot Auxerrois
The wines are split over 7 different terroirs including 3 Grand Crus:
- Grand Cru Hengst (Stallion)
- Grand Cru Pfersigberg (Peach mountain)
- Grand Cru Steingrubler (Stone quarry)
- Rosenberg (Rose mountain)
- Leimental (Clay valley)
- Clos Sand (Sand)
- Herrenweg (Gentlemen’s path)