Alsace Willm

OUR STORY.
Founded on a passion for winemaking and a commitment to excellence, the Maison Willm has been satisfying epicurean palates for over 120 years with its refined and unique wines.

Known for their complex fruit and authenticity, these wines are the product of years of hands-on experience and know-how passed down from generation to generation.

The story begins in the small town of Barr in 1896, in the heart of the famous Clos Gaensbrœnnel. Situated at the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the region benefits from a dry and sunny microclimate with clay and limestone soils, which together give the terroir its exceptional quality.

A unique terroir.

At the base of the majestic Grand Cru Kirchberg de Barr, the Willm family founded the Willm wine estate. This winery is characterized by a unique terroir and diverse landscapes, the embodiment of an exceptional wine region. The terroir enjoys a dry, sunny micro-climate with primarily granite and clay-limestone soils, bringing freshness, precision and finesse to the wines. Due to the sloping nature of the grounds, however, exploitation of this land presented a great challenge.

Resident Adolphe Willm was taken by this quality, and had a deep fascination for working the terroir. Initially pursuing multiple careers as both restaurant owner and winegrower, his passion for this terroir quickly drove him to a single devotion: he embraced the challenge of exploiting this terroir as a full-time winegrower, giving birth to the Maison Willm. These three hectares of vines produce one of the world's best Gewurztraminers: the exceptional Clos Gaensbrœnnel.

Refined wines, quickly exported

These dry, mineral wines were particularly well-received by Anglo-Saxons. In the 1930s, Willm began internationalizing his wines. They were among the first Alsace wines to be exported to the United States at the end of the Prohibition Era, served on the famous transatlantic liner, France.

Legend has it that bottles of the voluptuous Clos Gaensbroennel could be found in Al Capone's wine cellars in 1939!


Vision & Ambitions

Then ...

Before the Maison Willm was known for its wines, it was primarily renowned for its escargots à l'Alsacienne. This old recipe, which consisted of cooking the snail in a broth of spices and white wine, was one of the Maison's first successful businesses. Adolphe Willm wanted to focus on the association of gastronomy and winemaking before devoting himself uniquely to the latter. The success of the Willm wines quickly expanded beyond the borders of the Alsace region, making it one of the first Alsatian wines sold in the US and Canada.

Now...and tomorrow...

Since its official foundation under the name "Alsace Willm," the Maison Willm has become world-renowned. In Japan, in Taiwan, from Italy to Canada and the US, these wines have earned a reputation worldwide as both refined and accessible, and are known to pair seamlessly with a diverse array of foods.

Along with our ambition to become the leading brand in Alsatian wines, our historical know-how and our unique terroir are seen as major attributes for emerging markets. Today heirs of the Maison Willm, our 6 winegrowers immortalize this know-how in the respect for the traditions and for the nature.

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Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2017
Winery Technical Data As its name indicates in French, Pinot Gris is a grey varietal with white fruit. This varietal offers structured wines, round in the mouth feel and long on the finish. It shows smokiness and develops opulence and distinctive characteristic aromas. 2016: Vintage with a
Item Number: 31530
Bottle:$11.95
Case: $143.40
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Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2017
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 BEST BUY This conveys just a smidge of lemon aroma on the nose. The palate, however, gives the citrus its due space, filling the mouth with sprightly freshness and the ripe freshness of high-season lemon. The body is light and refreshing, the finish is dry and clean.  by Wine
Item Number: 30571
Bottle:$10.95
Case: $131.40
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Alsace Willm 'Gaensbroennel' Gewurztraminer Grand Cru 2013
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 Orange marmalade and apricot compote are the two chief and highly aromatic notions on the nose. They also appear on the palate with a wonderfully zesty sweetness. There is lovely tension here, alongside a slight but lovely phenolic grip. This already is five-years-old but only
Item Number: 28884
Bottle:$19.95
Case: $239.40
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Alsace Willm 'Gaensbroennel' Gewurztraminer Grand Cru 2012
93  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 93 A funky smoky notion of yeast clings to the nose on which a pure lemon streak becomes apparent. A generous, luscious and almost creamy sweetness then conquers the palate, boosting all of the fruit flavors, wrapping them in its creamy mellow embrace. The pure lemon streak counters

Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2016
" Bright, green-yellow color when young, getting more yellow after 2 years. Clean nose, fresh and fruity (citrus fruits). Dry on the palate, straight, crisp wine, purity of its fruit flavors (citrus, green apple, green pear) nice acidity and minerality, long finish and great ageing potential. " ~

Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2016
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89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89 There is a touch of yellow mirabelle plum on the nose. The palate comes in with a more tart note of pith and zest. The slender body unites full fruit and lively freshness in a compact package, boosted by a little residual sweetness that nonetheless lets the wine finish dry.

Alsace Willm Pinot Gris Reserve 2015
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89  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 89Best Buy" This wine brims with almost overripe pear notes on the nose. The palate follows with equally full-fruited accents shot through with citric freshness, making for a super-juicy, super-easy, off-dry white. Drink soon to make most of the fruit. "

Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2015
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Color: Pale, yellow with golden hintsNose: Nice aromatic intensity, citrus and white flowers notesPalate: Straight forward, fresh, good acidity, good persistence, and citrus notes.

Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2014
90  Wine Enthusiast 
Wine Enthusiast 90 Red apples abound on the nose of this fresh, taut and wonderfully clean and crisp Riesling. The palate is just off dry and the tension between crunchy apple and tart citrus makes you want to go on sipping, just to get that lovely lip-smacking finish again.  " This wine is racy

Alsace Willm Riesling Reserve 2012
90  Wine Spectator 
Wine Spectator 90" Crackling with bright acidity, this sleek white offers a fine array of yellow and green apple, crunchy white peach, mango, blood orange and anise, with a lip-smacking, mineral-tinged finish. "