Maison Hugel was founded in 1639 by H. U. Hugelin, this is one of most famous wine producers in Alsace. The wine estate has around 25 hectares of vineyards, as well as buying grapes from nearly 300 contracted growers. Hugel have obtained official recognition for the concept of late harvest wines - Vendages Tardives and Sélection des Grains Nobles - and consistently make some of the finest examples of these in Alsace. For Johnny Hugel, quality originates in the vineyard. He says: "100% of the quality of a true wine is already in the grapes, not in the cellars where you can only lose quality". No fertilisers are used in the vineyards and yields are kept very low In the winery, both stainless steel and oak foudres are used for maturation, depending on the respective varietal and quality level. These are splendid wines of class and finesse.