Founded in 1854 by Aloyse Meyer, a noted restaurateur and gourmet, the house of Josmeyer has been run since 1966 by Jean Meyer, who represents the fourth generation of the family, recently assisted by his daughters Isabelle and Céline, and Christophe Ehrhart, who is in charge of viticulture and has just been appointed the role of Président du Directoire.
Situated amid the communes of Wintzenheim, Turckheim and Wettolsheim, the Josmeyer domaine covers an area of 25 ha of which 5 are the slopes of the A.O.C. Grand Cru Brand and Hengst vineyards. In addition, Josmeyer draws on a further 7ha of grapes from local organic growers.
Having worked their vineyards on organic principles for many years, since 2000, the Domaine has moved towards a full conversion to biodynamic culture in accordance with Jean Meyer's conviction that "the pursuit of excellence in harmony with the earth" will express both terroir and varietal character more dramatically. Soft, sensual wines are produced from the flat alluvial deposits in the valley, whilst the combined calcareous and marl soils of the 360 metre high Hengst vineyard yield rich, full bodied wines and those from the deep granite soil of Brand are incisive and fine structured.
Artificial chemicals and fertilisers are prohibited and the soil is maintained by mechanical cultivation and green cover. The average age of the vines is 25 years and with hard pruning and the use of only natural fertilizers, yields at Josmeyer are far lower than the average for Alsace.