The winery is fitted with 30 small and temperature-controlled vats, which enables us to vinify each plot separately in order to end up with a top cuvée (Grand Cru) and a second wine (Terroir).

As a result of our choice for quality and better temperature control, the winery has been fitted with stainless steel vats.

This picture is reminiscent of Marc Rinaldi’s two former business lives:
-Rinaldi Structal’s structural silicone glazing for building facades (until 1993);
-Automotive sports with the l’Anneau du Rhin –or Ring of the Rhine- race track (from 1995 onwards).

The framework has been designed according to the pattern of the traditional Mann to be found in Alsatian half-timbered houses and that inspired the Estate’s logo –two Ks opposed one to another-, and which gives all its character to the building.

The building has been designed according to the golden ration of 1.618.

Sitting at the tasting table made from staves of a former foudre -or large wooden vat-, one gets a comprehensive view of the wine growing, making and ageing processes.

  • The Schlossberg terraced vineyards
  • The bronze stainless steel vats
  • Wood barrels designed for Pinot Noir

This overview perspective is reminiscent of wineries in California and South Africa.


Winemaking follows on naturally from winegrowing. The grape’s natural qualities have to be found in the wine. The balance between all grape components -sugar, acidity as well as mineral elements and organic compounds- is the key to terroir.


Since the Martin Schaetzel estate holds mostly Grands Crus terroirs, we have implemented plot-by-plot winemaking as used in Bordeaux, in order to come up with top wines called “Grand Cru Schlossberg” and “Grand Cru Brand”, and second wines going by the names “Terroir S” and “Terroir B”, respectively.