Moenchreben de Rorschwihr

Vines des moines – City from 700


  • AREA : 13 hectares 44 ares 11 ca
  • NATURE OF THE SOIL: Very stony, clayey, marly silts under sandy-gravelly clays
  • ERA: Quaternary
  • PERIOD: Pleistocene
  • PERIODS: Beginning of the Pleistocene
  • EVENTS: Ancient interglacial epoch (Tiglien) at the conventional limit of the Pliocene and Quaternary
  • AGE: Around 1.6 Million years old
  • ALTITUDE: 210 – 225 meters
  • EXPOSURE: South and North-East


Rorschwihr’s Moenchreben forms a broad topographic spur oriented towards the east. Brown sandy-gravelly clays with a siliceous element (silicified Muschelkalk, Vosges sandstone and its conglomerate) constitute the topographic ridge and most of the land where the locality is located. On its southern flank, other brown clays are more marly and richer in boulders and rock fragments of various kinds, as at Kappelweg. The presence of ferruginous nodules from Lias and Bohnerz’s pisoliths from the Eocene is characteristic. There too, are locally, limestone pebbles of the Great Oolithe of the Jurassic. Thus, the clays with calcareous gravel in the south and more siliceous in the far north, take turns or overlap in this locality. Thus, the clays with calcareous gravel in the south and more siliceous in the far north, take turns or overlap in this locality. All these colluvial deposits lie deep in Tertiary (Rupelian) land: the sandy gray-blue marls of the Couches à Mélettes and marls at Cyrene.

This geological overview is taken from a private study carried out by the INSTITUT DE GEOLOGIE DE UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR DE STRASBOURG (Claude SITTLER and Robin THIRION) at a scale of 1: 5000 on behalf of DOMAINE ROLLY-GASSMANN.



COLOR : White



READY TO DRINK: 4 to 30 years


This locality was claimed and developed mainly by the Moyenmoutier abbey, present in Rorschwihr from the year 700. The Moines de Moyenmoutier (8th to 18th century) mentioned it in the 12th century. however, historians assume that its exploitation was undertaken before the 8th century by the Abbey of Wissembourg (8th to 12th century) because it cites its limits and has vines in this town which it appreciates for its wines. Moreover, it was this convent that was partially responsible for maintaining the vines of Pépin-le-Bref. Since its acquisition in 1348 by the Silo de Sélestat, the “Moenchreben” has been regularly mentioned. As a reminder, let us recall that this land, which literally means “Vine of the Monks”, was once delimited by a wall which, erected by the executors of the sentences of the Meyerhof colongère court, disappeared, in large part during the Hundred Years War. . We should also add that the reputation of this cru is based on its great Auxerrois and its exceptional Muscat, but the remarkable Pinot Gris and Riesling, not forgetting the Pinot noir, should not be omitted. Completely anecdotally, it should be noted that it was already mentioned under the heading “Grand-Cru”Even before the 1975 delimitation (see the 300 harvest declarations of Rorschwihr which mention the 12 localities. It should be noted that Rorschwihr only has 5 workers, 2 of whom do not have vines in the 12 localities of the Municipality, the other winegrowers being either cooperators or vendor of grapes).


AUXERROIS: convivial wine, crusted ham, pasta, poultry, smoked salmon …

MUSCAT: asparagus with three sauces, strawberry salad …

LATE HARVEST MUSCAT: white chocolate, strawberries, mint, mirabelle plum tart …


This terroir, pampered by the monks of Wissembourg since the year 700, is located at the heel on the east and north side of the second hillock north of our village, which is declined by the Silberberg of Rorschwihr, Kugelberg of Rorschwihr, Weingarten of Rorschwihr Kappelweg of Rorschwihr, Moenchreben from Rorschwihr and Rotleibel from Rorschwihr. This situation of very low advance in the Rhine plain allows for a total opening of the landscape to 360 ° which allows for maximum sunshine from the first light until dusk. This solar radiation allows regular maturity whether it is the southern, eastern or northern slopes with a very gentle slope. This phenomenon is amplified by the swirling hot air masses coming from the Rhine valley and mixing with the cooler air masses coming from the granite hills further north located at the foot of Haut-Koenigsbourg.

Its sedimentary rocks reworked between the end of the Tertiary and the beginning of the Quaternary bring a natural fertility which is hampered by a regular drying of the atmosphere due to air movements. These allow a homogeneous maturity between the vines located in the South and in the North. This regularity of growth is amplified by the migration of water flows to compensate for the radiation between the plots on the south, east and north slopes.

This availability of water for the vines is modified by a light loess veneer and accentuates the homogeneity of maturity on this terroir.


(cf. “LANDSCAPE UNITS AND SOILS OF THE ALSACIAN VINEYARD-Cartography at 1 / 25000th-1990)

Eichberg (west); Furstentum (bottom); Goldert (bottom); Hatchbourg (east); Hengst (north); Mambourg (lower-west); Mandelberg (east-lower); Marckrain (bottom); Moenchberg (east); Osterberg (bottom); Sporen (east); Steinert (bottom); Steingrubler (bottom); Steinklotz (east); Vorburg (center and bottom).


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