The finest of these vineyards express the notion of vins de terroirs even more clearly than the Lieux-dits, and the character of grape variety makes way for the eloquence of the terroir. Our forbears had identified and named these vineyards that have a specific character and quality year after year. Most of the vineyards were named by the medieval monks and their superiors.

The area of the vineyard is 33 hectares at 220 to 270 metres altitude. The soil is formed of conglomerates and marl of the Oligocene period. The vines face southeast and thus it has a particularly dry microclimate (between 500 and 550 mm rain per annum), which is propitious for Gewurztraminer and Pinot Gris. They have scents of pomelos, pineapples and flowers. The Grand Cru Sonnenglanz has a terroir for botrytis (noble rot), which gives a smooth, light and subtle character in this vineyard.

Designation: Alsace Grand Cru Contrôlée
Origin: Village of Beblenheim
Ageing potential: 15 years - it is best to wait for at least 3 or 4 years after bottling
It must be decanted.