The winemaking activity of the Kuentz family is documented in the Husseren Les Chateaux town archives since 1795. During its early developments, the estate focused all of its sales efforts on the French restoration, mostly in Alsace but also in the Vosges region. Our cellar, which is still in use to this day, was built in 1894 wedding between the Kuentz family and the Bas family united them, and they joined forces to make the estate prosperous. The exceptional quality of their production opened new opportunities for bottle sales in Alsace of course, but also in Paris, and abroad. The Kuentz-Bas family served as a true ambassador of Alsace winemaking in France and around the world. The estate experienced significant growth, and brilliantly recovered from the devastation of World War II while preparing its bright future. The prosperous estate increased the size of its cellar, and acquired a new bottling chain.
In 1954, the estate owns 12 hectares of vines exclusively on steep hills, and continues to build its brand around the world until 2003. It wasn’t until 2004 that Jean-Baptiste ADAM, prestigious name in Alsatian viticulture decided to give a second breath to the estate. The Kuentz-Bas Estate is located in Husseren Les Chateaux, the village with the highest altitude of the Alsace wine road, and located on the foothills of the « Trois Chateaux » (three castles) of Eguisheim, about 8 km south of Colmar. Kuentz-Bas ambitions to actively contribute to the cultural and gastronomic excellence of the region with the highest number of “Michelin starred restaurants” (Alsace) in France.
The agreement between the domaine Jean-Baptiste ADAM, sealed in the history of Ammerschwihr, opened new opportunities for both family estates, both sharing a rich historic past as “Gastronomic Winemakers”. They combined their resources and savoir faire to give more strength to their passion. Lead by Jean-Baptiste ADAM, both estates adopt biodynamic viticulture techniques to better respect their identities and nature, in aim for a greater quality. This commitment was made to bring back the generosity and the true identity of the terroir such as the Grand Crus Eichberg and Pfersigberg. The wines are, depending on the selection, either vinified in century old oak wooden casks allowing perfect micro oxidation, or in stainless steel tanks preserving the fruit aromas. The Kuentz-Bas wines, wines that are tailored for the gastronomy.