Pflaenzerreben de Rorschwihr

Vine plant – Mentioned from 1092


  • SURFACE : 6 hectares 34 ares 37 caca
  • NATURE OF THE SOIL: Rubefied sandy clay loam with little stony with surface gravel clay veneer
  • ERA: Quaternary
  • PERIOD: Pleistocene
  • PERIODS: Pre-Mindel
  • EVENTS: Alterations and deposits during glacial and interglacial periods in connection with the uprising of the Vosges
  • AGE: Around – 800,000 years
  • ALTITUDE: 205 – 230 meters
  • EXPOSITION: East and North East


These colluviums, located directly downstream of the colluvial tongue of the Oberer Weingarten,are rubefied sandy clays and silts covered with a veneer of Quaternary gravels. These reddish clay lehms only locally contain large blocks of silicified Muschelkalk but more pieces of oolitic limestone from the Dogger but also the main conglimerate of Vosges sandstone. The Pflaenzerreben dominates, to the south, the agrile valley of the Runzmattwhich separates it from Rorschwihr Kappelweg, located in the North on other land. The significant clay-silt matrix of Pflaenzerreben de Rorschwihr involves the placement of these colluviums by sliding large lenses of frozen terrain (gelifluxion) capable of moving glos boulders. This is also the case for the Oberer-Weingarten from Rorschwihr. The western half of the Rorschwihr Pflaenzerreben is covered by a brownish clayey-gravelly spread, rich in debris of oolitic limestone and silicified Muschelkalk. The presence of quartz gravels make it a quaternary veneer of Mindel age (-500,000 years) or earlier.

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: 8 – 35 years old


RIESLING: fish in sauce, lobster, langoustines, crayfish, sauerkraut with three fish, poultry …

LATE HARVEST RIESLING: armorican lobster, lamprey, seaweed cooking …


This locality has been highlighted and already claimed by the papacy of Rome. From 1092, the Pope, Clement III, owned vines there. In 1183, the Pope, Lucien III, confirmed a dispute over this land. In 1300, a plan-drawing of this terroir was carried out, following a dispute concerning the Pflaenzerreben of Rorschwihr and the Oberer-Weingarten of Rorschwihr about new taxes to be collected on these lands since the quality of the wines that came from was unanimously recognized by the papacy and the great abbeys. It is interesting to know that the name of this terroir meaning, roughly, “vine plant” was defined as early as 1268. Indeed, each large wine-growing municipality used the term “Pflaenzer” to designate the terroir or the place of mass selections (heritage of the genetic multitude of each grape variety, as opposed to clones). This practice is still still in use among some winegrowers in Rorschwihr. To this day, there are still about three dozen Pflaenzer or, in Latin, “Plantarium”the best known of which were those of Ammerschwihr, Andlau, Balbronn, Beblenheim, Bergbieten, Bergheim, Bergholtz, Dahlenheim, Dambach-la-Ville, Eguisheim, Epfig, Guebwiller, Katzenthal, Kintzheim, Orschwiller, Rorschwihr, Rosheim, Rouheim Scharrachbergheim, Scherwiller, Sennheim, Sigolsheim, Steinbach, Soultzbach, Turckheim, Uffholtz, Wissembourg, Willgotheim, and Wolxheim. In 1348, the Silo de Sélestat marketed Pflaenzerreben wines under this name. Currently, the merits of this terroir are widely recognized for, in particular, the complexity and structure of its wines for aging and more particularly for the Riesling and Pinot Gris. 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 vendors of grapes).


The Pflaenzerreben is located at the foot of the first nipple to the south of our village, a nipple coming from the hill Altenberg de Bergheim, Grasberg, Stegreben de Rorschwihr, Obererweingarten de Rorschwihr and Pflaenzerreben de Rorschwihr, descending towards the heart of the Rhine plain in the Is.

North-East, East exposure, on limestone soil of the Muschelkalk type rich in clay. This fertile soil warms very slowly in spring, hence its name (vine plan) which allowed the genetic heritage to be preserved over time before replanting.

Its clays with good cationic exchange capacity provide a balanced supply of water all year round and promote slow maturation of the grapes and seeds.

Here, the hot winds from the Rhine valley only dry up the first few millimeters of the soil, but cannot stop the soil’s natural evapotranspiration.

On this type of soil, the full, slow and progressive maturities give the wine a significant accumulation of mineral salts and tannins.


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

Altenberg from Bergheim (east); Altenberg from Wolxheim (east); Bruderthal (locally); Eichberg (east); Engelberg (east); Florimont (center); Furstentum (center); Geisberg (center-east); Goldert (south-low); Hatchbourg (center); Hengst (south); Kirchberg de Ribeauvillé (top); Mambourg (center and top); Mandelberg (top); Marckrain (top); Moenchberg (upper east); Osterberg (center); Pfersigberg (east); Rosacker; Saering (center); Sonnenglanz (center); Spiegel (center); Sporen (east); Steinert (west); Steingrubler (bottom); Steinklotz (bottom); Vorburg (top); Zinnkoeplfe (partial); Zotzenberg (upper east).


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