At one time the Kientzlers made their wine in the heart of the beautiful village of Ribeauvillé, one of the best known and visited villages in the region, and its popularity with tourists and the demands of local planners created their own difficulties to balance the income brought in by the myriad visitors.
The Kientzler family decided that the time had come to step beyond the town walls when they built their winery, slicing a piece from the vineyards to create a modern facility that kept up with the demands of their successful business.
Today the fifth generation of Kientzlers is represented by winemaker André, assisted by his son Eric. They own 12 hectares or so of vines, about a third of which are superbly sited on the grand cru sites of Osterberg (gewurztraminer and riesling), Geisberg (riesling) and Kirchberg (muscat, pinot gris and auxerrois), all of which lie on the slopes around Ribeauvillé. They also possess some old-vine chasselas from which they make a very fine example of this somewhat underrated variety.