The cooperatives are very important for the wine business in Alsace. In the region, there are 8 000 growers but "only" 1 300 producers. The balance, who often have just a few hectares, sell their grapes to the local cooperative.
The cooperatives were instrumental in the restructuring of the wine business after World War II. At that that time, 130 000 young men were either lost (40 000) in or recovering from the service in Wehrmacht, many families has lost all their belongings. Few families had the possibility to re-invest in equipment.
Cave Vinicole Hunawihr was formed in 1952 and has 120 members. In 2005, the respected journal Revue du Vin de France ranked CV Hunawihr as no 3 of alla cooperatives in the country on a list headed by la Chablisienne.
Since the Napoleon days, each child has equal right to inherit. In both Burgundy and Alsace this has led to a severe fragmentation of the vineyards. Typically, a family estate farms some 50 parcels. In such a situation, serious cooperatives such as CV Hunawihr has, and takes, the chance to produce large quantities of terroir wines from several Grands Crus and Lieux-dits in many communes.
Cave Vinicole Hunawihr offers wines that are typical and well made, at attractive prices. CV Hunawihr brings out all the typical characteristics of the terroirs but of course, in comparison with the top estate producers, to a lesser extent. The concentration of the wines is very good considering the huge quantities and the inevitable variations in grape quality.
In addition, the tasting room is open daily 8–12 and 14–18 (opening 9.30 in week-ends).
Latest visit: 2012