Mittelwihr was founded in the 3rd century by the Romans, and it belongs to the group of villages that were lost during the battle of the Colmar pocket. When the battle was over, a burned-out tank stood exactly where Edgard Schaller now has its peaceful tasting room.
Today, Mittelwihr has been restored with some Alsace character, even though the private homes appears to work their way into the vineyards, step by step. The traffic on Route-des-Vins that cuts through the village can sometimes be quite heavy. Actually, there is not very much to say about Mittelwihr.
The wines, however, have a lot to say! The pride is Mandelberg, a protected Grand Cru just east of the road. Its geology is Oligocene congelomorate. Hence, the soil is heavy, calcareous and cold but the micro climate is warm. This combination yields firm Rieslings with a marked acidity that need time to develop. Hence, Mandelberg is best during the great vintages, while the edges are a bit to rough in lesser years.
Mittelwihr has no big houses but numerous small producers to discover. Often they have very interesting Gewurztraminers from the Lieux-dits west of the village.