Wine making in France is often passed on from one generation to the next. In the Ginglinger family, they’ve been at it for a while… more than 400 years in fact! Located in the heart of the Alsace region, in the town of Pfaffenheim, this particular branch of the family tree, Domaine Jean Ginglinger, emerged in the 1960s and features all seven of the classic Alsatian varietals.
Taking over the family operation in the late 1990s, Jean-François decided that the way forward was to reach into familial roots. He gradually converted the Domaine to organic, then biodynamic agriculture, and has been fermenting, ageing, and bottling his wines naturally since 2003. Rejecting local appellation standards, Jean-François produces an amazing assortment of white, orange, and red wines that embody both the historic terroir and his easy-going and friendly personality. For him, biodynamic agriculture and natural vinification are matters of deep conviction, and his marvellously floral and aromatic wines are a testament to his hard work and dedication. At the same time, Changala, his alter ego who shows up on each of the labels designed by local artist JOAN, reminds us that making good wine doesn’t mean taking yourself too seriously! We hope you’ll be impressed as we are by the flavour, integrity, and fun of these delightful cuvées.
Changala - 2020
A blend of the free run juices from all of the domaine's whites, in one litre bottles! An Alsatian tradition known as Edlezwicker (noble blend). Golden hues, round texture with zingy acidity, spice, ginger, lemon drops. So much fun!
Mettla - 2020
A fine, dry, mineral, and textured wine, reminiscent of zesty citrus and fresh white peaches. This is predominantly Riesling, with about 10% Sylvaner thrown in, all harvested on the unique terroir of the beautiful hillside Mettla parcel.
Pinot Blanc - 2019
Jean-François’s Pinot Blanc showcases both the specificity of the terroir and the skill of the winemaker. Light bodied and energetic with a nice citrus touch though staying on the dry side, this is the perfect accompaniment to a Sunday brunch of spinach quiche or even a heartier cheese and onion tartiflette. Orange blossoms, ripe peaches, beautiful texture, well controlled acidity.
Pinot Blanc 'Glou-glou' - 2020
The name says it all... Juicy, bright fruit, pops in the mouth! Primarily Auxerrois, blended with Pinot Blanc and under that name, as per Alsatian custom.
Pinot Gris - 2020
Beautiful expression of Pinot Gris, with hints of pepper and curry spices. Very limited availability.
Riesling - 2018
Aged four years, this wine remains youthful and energetic! Very aromatic, tart nose, dry minerality, crisp in the mouth with delicate notes of stone fruit and green apple.
Gewurztraminer - 2020
Drop what you're doing and drink this. A real gem, bursting with honeysuckle, sweat pea, citrus candy.
Gewurztraminer Macération Steiner- 2020
Declassified Steinert Grand Cru. Three to five weeks of skin contact, producing rich colour and intense minerality. Very limited availability.
Stein - 2020
Pinots noir and gris from the Steinert Grand Cru. Light, drinkable, complex. Apologies in advance if it's sold out by the time you read this...