Father and son team Léonard and Olivier Humbrecht run Zind Humbrecht, one of the greatest domaines in Alsace. The domaine was created in 1959, following the marriage of Léonard Humbrecht and Geneviève Zind. Léonard Humbrecht has made his mark on the world of wine, turning out truly splendid wines year after year, from a number of vineyard sites across Alsace. Their son, Olivier, has not hidden behind his father's achievements.
The first Frenchman to qualify as a Master of Wine, he has taken up the mantle with great skill, and continues to produce an astonishing array of high quality wines. This is remarkable, considering the number of different varieties with which the domaine works, and the range of different sites which they cultivate. There are numerous reasons why the wines of Zind Humbrecht are so successful. Their numerous vineyard sites, totalling 30 hectares in all, are all top quality and this, together with a commitment to low yields, are two of the most important. A typical yield for Zind Humbrecht vines is 35 hl/ha rather than the legally acceptable for Grand Cru vineyards, which is 70 hl/ha. Léonard Humbrecht has always been a believer in letting the characteristics of a vineyard show through the application of low yields. His commitment to working with the finest terroirs in Alsace and allowing them to shine in this way led him to purchase steep, difficult sites such as Rangen and Clos Windsbuhl. These were sites which other growers were only too keen to sell, as they were not workable using mechanised techniques, a problem Zind Humbrecht solved by working the land using horses.