Le Clos Sainte Apolline
“Recognised products, respecting traditions, striving for innovation.”
The origin of Sainte Apolline had gone back a long time before a decision was made in 1926 by the canton to designate the vineyard on the hill of Bollenberg. A family property established on the site then became a wine domain in its own right.
The Meyer family decided to produce renowned, quality wine and brandy in order to preserve the cultural Alsace identity. This approach enabled the Clos Sainte Apolline to establish exceptional expertise in the art of wine making and the distillation of rare brandies.
The vineyard stretches over 25 hectares and produces between 45 and 65 hectolitres per hectare.
Added to this is the experience of several generations. When wine and brandy are a passion within a family, we witness the creation of one of the important aspects of sustainable development: the meaning and the value of a product “of the land” (produit terroir).
This idea is reflected in the well thought out production of the wine which respects the vine’s evolution. Harvests are carried out by hand, wine is matured in a wooden tun, and the quintessence of the fruits is obtained through distillation in copper stills. This is a traditional installation which incorporates new techniques.
The quality of a wine depends greatly on the nature of the soil which gives the wine its original character. The taste of a wine is also related to the land.
Bollenberg is known for being a specific site because of its clayey-chalky soil which gives the wines aromatic fineness, vivacity and an unquestionable longevity. Bollenberg is also a protected, listed site because of its Mediterranean micro-climate which is a recognised reference in terms of production.
Which leaves one remaining element – the grape. Like the region of Alsace, the Bollenberg domain is able to offer a great variety of grapes and therefore a vast choice in terms of flavours.