It was in 1871 that Jean Dirler settled in the tiny village of Bergholtz and founded Vins Dirler. Bergholtz and its 1,000 inhabitants are tucked up in the lower hills of the Vosges Mountains, 25km south of the city of Colmar in the Upper Rhine department of southern Alsace. Today the Domaine is run by the latest Jean Dirler, who represents the 5th generation, and his wife Ludivine whom he married in 1998.
Winemaking at the Domaine follows some simple guidelines because the Dirler-Cade philosophy follows the idea that wine is made in the vineyard. Since 1987 each parcel or group of parcels within a single vineyard is whole-cluster pressed with a pneumatic press into either large oak foudres or stainless steel tanks. The juice is left to ferment for anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months depending on the cuvee, and the wine is aged on its fine lees for 9-12 months before a light filtration and bottling.