• 2006 Newcomer of the Year

Laurence Faller

At the Weinbach Domaine’s place of origin, the Clos des Capucines, Capuchin monks found a vineyard as early as 1612. After secularization, the vineyard changes hands many times before it is acquired by the two Faller brothers in 1898. Théo Faller, son and nephew of both buyers is known for being a polemic campaigner for Alsace wine. It is not least his political involvement that leads to the Alsace being granted a registered designation of origin AOC. Théo Faller runs the vineyard until his death in 1979.

Since then women have defined the skills of the Domaines which are rich in tradition. Laurence is the youngest of both Colette Faller’s daughters – the native from Alsace is self-confident, speaks many languages and has gained experience in winemaking in California and elsewhere. As a qualified oenologist she is responsible for the vineyard and the cellar in her parents’ company, her sister Cathérine takes care of the sales.

The Weinbach Domaine is renowned for its mineral, dry white wines above all, they have been produced from bio-dynamically cultivated harvests for some years now. Also simpler wines such as Sylvaner and Pinot blanc have style and format. At the top of the production, however, is the elegant Riesling from the Grand-Cru-vineyard Schlossberg. Yet also with the noble sweet wines of the Sélection de Grain Nobles made from Riesling, Pinot gris or Gewürztraminer Laurence Faller has already caused a furore.