Domaines Schlumberger

Our estate is located in Alsace, east of France. When our ancestors in the XVI Century settled in Guebwiller, the monks "The Princes Abbés” of Murbach controlled the vineyard. Murbach Abbey (French: Abbaye de Murbach) was a famous Benedictine monastery in Murbach, southern Alsace, in a valley at the foot of the Grand Ballon in the Vosges.

This power ceased at the French Revolution, end of the XVIII Century and it permitted a new land regrouping. In 1810 Nicolas Schlumberger (1782-1867) set up a factory of materiel machines in Guebwiller. As he was attached to the land he also bought about 20 hectares of vines. That was the start of a rare harmony between earth and human exigencies: “Les Domaines Schlumberger” were born. Three generations later, Ernest Schlumberger (1885 – 1954) took care of the Domaine. Because of the phylloxera that ruined the vines in the early XX Century, the vineyard of Guebwiller was abandoned by most of the winegrowers during this period.

Shrewdly, Ernest Schumberger realised the opportunity in front of him, so he bought plots of vine and replanted them. He also built terraces on the whole vineyard and established horizontally planting of the vine. Eric Beydon-Schlumberger arrived in Guebwiller in 1971 and invested himself in the company. We owe to him a re-planting of the old vineyard as well its world famous renown. SCHLUMBERGER IN FEW LINES We are estate winegrowers who exclusively harvest and produce our own wines. We do not buy any grapes nor juice or wine (Alsatians winegrowers represents only 22% of the regional production). A family vineyard established since 1810, nowadays, we are two generations working side by side for a better handover; Alain Beydon-Schlumberger, 6th generation, Séverine and Thomas Schlumberger, 7th generation This vineyard is unique in Alsace : 140 hectares with 70 hectares classified as Grands Crus composed of 4 “terroirs” : Kitterlé, Kessler, Saering, Spiegel.

An exceptional location. Situated on the steep hillsides of the Vosges, the vineyard benefits from the best exposures (southwest, south, southeast); its slopes can reach 50°. Because of the Vineyard’s topography and the soil composition we have much lower yields than the average yield of other winegrowers in the region : 45 hl/ha for the entire Domaine. A craft work that respects environment. Even today, we plough and work with the 4 horses owned by the Domaine. All year long, a team of 4 highly 4 highly masons mend and maintain the 50 kms of walls. We also respect sustained farming (we signed the Tyflo Charter in 2003). Tyflo is an organization that brings together about 50 (2011) wine producers in Alsace who follow the regulations from OILB, Organisation Internationale de Lutte Biologique et Intégrée . 30 hectares are in biodynamic farming, to ensure great, quality wines for the future generations.