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From fathers to daughters

A passion for wine

In the Pays Thionvillois, the secrets of vine-growing have been handed down from father to daughter.
A terroir that has been revived in recent decades. The vines cling to the sunny slopes of the main valleys, protected from the cold and wind, and produce AOC Moselle wines, mainly whites, but also reds and rosés. Discover our families of passionate Moselle winegrowers.

Domaine du Stromberg

Domaine du Stromberg, created at the instigation of Jean-Marie Leisen, is run in partnership with Thierry Caboz and Bernard Petit. Thierry and Bernard are responsible for the vines, while Jean-Marie is in charge of the cellar, winemaking and customer service.

As forSarah, she joined this happy band 9 years ago. She supports her father not only on the vineyard, but also at Distillerie Leisen, the second well-known address for this family business in Petite-Hettange. Whether it’s brandies, whiskies, ciders or wines, their adage is the same. “The older it gets, the better it will be.

Domaine Sontag

In less than half a century, three generations of “Sontag” have run the family estate in Contz-les-Bains. Claude looks after the 5 hectares of Auxerrois, Muller-Thurgau, Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir vines. A special mention goes to his Pinot Gris, a wine that immediately captivates with its intense nose and hints of dried fruit.

He has been joined by his daughter Mélanie, who is determined to bring a new dynamic to the family business. The Sontags are a true team! She in the field, in the vineyards, he in the cellar, at the press. And grandfather Gérard, 80, is never far away, always ready with advice and anecdotes.

It’s all in the family

Domaine Mur du Cloître

Back in 1996, this was one of the smallest estates in Moselle, planted with 25 ares of old Muller Thurgau vines. A complete neophyte and self-taught, Jean Paul Paquet, who has always had the support of his sidekick Gilles Didon, a trained viticultural worker, has turned it into one of the most eagerly awaited vineyards. The first vintage(1996) was a resounding success.

Now joined by his daughter Emmanuelle on the estate, they are committed to working with the greatest respect for nature. They emphasize the production of clean wines, integrated vine-growing and vineyard treatments. So it’s hardly surprising to come across butterflies and bees on the estate, and to smell wild chives and onions.