Joseph Cattin

The Cattin family have a long history in the Alsace, dating back to 1720 when Swiss emigré Joseph Cattin arrived intending to make a living as a builder. He soon began to tend vines and make wine and through the centuries his descendants have carried on doing just the same.

Today Jacques Cattin Jr runs the business together with father Jacques Sr, continuing a tradition of son working with father that has characterised the history of this fine producer, building on their heritage and experience but never letting the grass grow beneath their feet.

Together they oversee two wineries, one a facility built in Steinbach in 2007 specifically for the making of sparkling wines, and the other the original family cellars at Voegtlinshoffen some 10km south of Colmar. Though Voegtlinshoff has been home to the Cattins for centuries, as some of the ancient barrels attest, there has been much refurbishment here, including the building of a fermentation room immediately below the presses so all the juice can be moved by gentle gravity.

The family own 60 hectares of vines around Voegtlinshoffen, Steinbach and Colmar, including holdings in the grand cru Hatschbourg vineyard (planted with riesling, muscat, pinot gris and gewürztraminer) and a large walled vineyard of more than 8.5 hectares. This latter site, the Clos Madelon, was created from scratch by the family in 2000 and planted only with pinot gris on land that was once a vineyard but which was devastated during the fighting of the First World War.

This forward thinking company makes every style of Alsace, from blends like the delicious Edelzwicker (a traditional name for wines made from a blend of white grape varieties) to sparkling crémant, vendange tardive and selection de grains noble wines, all with notable success.

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