Turckheim is a busy town, guarding the entrance to the Munster valley. Although the village boasts one of the most well known and largest Grand Cru, the historic Brand, only 8 wine growers can be found in the town.
Armand Hurst is a family domaine that goes back to 1928 when it was founded b Jean Babtiste Hurst. Following August, Armand Hurst took over the domaine in 1989. A few years later, he moved to modern premises in the outskirts of the town, on the road to Colmar. Approximately 30% of the production is exported.
The domaine has 9.5 ha of vineyards, including 0.6 ha of Riesling and 0.7 ha of Pinot Noir and parcels of Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer on the granitic Grand Cru Brand. Hurst also has land for Riesling on the calcareous Lieu-dit Heimburg in Ingersheim.
Most generic wines come from the alluvial soils of the river Fecht valley. These include the reputed Lieu-dit Herrenweg.
The average rendement of the Grand Crus wines from Brand is 45 hl/ha. This is well below the legal limit, but also a consequence of the fact that the vines are very old.
The range of Armand Hurst is quite large, including over 30 cuvées. Magnum bottles of the major varieties are sold, which is a very nice initiative. The wines show a consistent style, and the wines are very honest and typical of their terroir. As a visitor, you will feel comfortable with the wines as well as with the way you are received.