Niedermorschwihr is a gem. Hiding beneath the incredibly steep Grand Cru Sommerberg, Niedermorschwihr is a single street village, formed by medieval houses. The balconies hang over the street, just like in an old Hollywood stage setting, leaving no room for high trucks.
The most well known family of the village, Boxler, immigrated from Switzerland in the 17th century, filling the vacuum after the 30-years war.
Although a small part of Grand Cru Sommerberg falls into Katzenthal, this dramatic vineyard is the soul of Niedermorschwihr. The inclination of Sommerberg is partially a high a 45 degrees. Hence some parcels need walls to make the soil stay on the slope. Where no tractors can make it, all work has to be manual.
Sommerberg is granitic. The pink rock is hard and the vineyard is a full 150 meters high, reaching as high as 410 meters. The winds sweep across the vineyard, ensuring a slow maturation process. In comparison with other granitic terroirs, a Sommerberg is not as rich as Schlossberg, it is more complex than Wineck-Schlossberg and less floral than Brand.
A walk along the upper ridge overlooking the village (see photo to the left) is simply breathtaking and highly recommended.
Many growers have land on Brand, belonging to Turkheim but situated just south of Niedermorschwihr. Some also grow in Florimont of Ingersheim.