Maison Moritz Prado – new kids of the Alsace wine route
Ghislain Moritz is a new generation, yet experienced winemaker to watch.
Just let his Blanc des Blancs touch your lips whilst absorbed by its bouquet; then take a sip and let its soft bubbles dance on your tongue; as it opens up and tantalises your olfactory senses.
The journey of Maison Moritz Prado
After living and working in France, Colombia, Portugal and Romania, real partners in life and in business, Angela Prado and Ghislain Moritz decided to come to France. They packed their collective knowledge of winemaking know-how, commercial capability and passion, into a couple of suitcases.
They fell in love with and settled in the beautiful Albé, the only mountain vineyard (“Vignoble de Montagne”) of Alsace.
Both Moritz and Prado are modern day realists. “We are not the descendants – nor the Xth generation of vine growers, but rather the ‘new kids on the block’…literally. We wanted to set down our roots in the heart of Alsace and make the wine we love!”. And that’s what they did.
Maison Moritz Prado, today.
Boasting just 5 hectares of vineyards, Maison Moritz Prado sits amongst some of the most extraordinary landscape with a schist terroir (ie. a coarse-grained metamorphic rock which consists of layers of different minerals and can be split into thin irregular plates, according to Google). The vineyards sit at 450 metres altitude on the hills of Albé, where the luscious Pinot Noir grape dominates.
Every vine is harvested manually, and the grapes are then transported to the cellar in small 12kg boxes, in order to preserve the quality of the fruit, reducing the chance of bruising or splitting each grape berry. It is this meticulous attention to detail and respect for the premium fruit, that makes all the difference in the final product.
With regards to the harvest date, ‘…it depends on each plot, and our feeling for the terroir, so we we prefer remaining more comprehensive,” comments Angela.
Ghislain explains, that the vinification process takes place in stainless steel tanks, ceramic containers (using the same principal as the ancient amphoras) and in oak barrels, from Burgundy. The focus is on high quality.
What is the future for Maison Moritz Prado.
Both Ghislain and Angela explain with enthusiasm that, “The creation of Maison Moritz Prado, is an ambitious project for us, that once seemed impossible, but with hard work and determination, things started to take shape. Inspired by our growing family and our love for nature and wine; this journey is resulting in success. We believe due to our passion, mixture of cultures and belief that our dreams can come true.”