The soul of an estate


Back in his tender childhood, Fernand used to skip about the vineyards. At harvest time, he followed his father and climbed up to the small family press to taste the juice. His forefathers cultivated cereals and vines for decades, but Fernand has a clear preference for work in the vineyard.

At the end of the Second World War, the Alsatian vineyard undergoes a revival and 1949 sees the start of the great wine adventure in the family.


The entire vineyard of 62 hectares of OWN HARVEST is spread over more than 160 sites in 8 different villages ! The whole thing is a veritable mosaic of terroirs!

Each site has its own identity made up of soil, grape variety and planting age, exposure and microclimate. The imprint of these different terroirs gives our wines an extra soul, a unique and complex touch. This alchemy shapes the diversity and complexity of Engel wines.

The geological predominance is marly-clayey-limestone in the communes of Rorschwihr and Bergheim and confers power and generosity. In the other villages, the granitic, gneissic and loess soils bring finesse and aromas. This variety of soil is favourable to the development of the many Alsatian grape varieties. The wines produced on each of these sites offer unique traits. Four Grands Crus crown our range (Praelatenberg, Gloeckelberg, Mandelberg, Altenberg de Bergheim). They give birth to structured and elegant wines, with a complex aromatic expression that characterises great wines.

Since 2008, the Fernand Engel estate has also had the privilege of managing the vineyards of Château du Meyerhof. This superb 12th century residence bears witness to Rorschwihr’s past. Numerous documents tell of the excellence of the wines produced on these lands. A line of popes and important historical figures (Clement III, Pépin le Bref,…) have had the privilege of tasting these famous wines. Beyond the complexity of its soils and the variety of its sites, the estate enshrines its identity in the preservation of this extraordinary heritage. The practice of organic viticulture, respectful of its ecosystem, sustains the virtues of this vineyard.