The family ADAM since 1614
The Jean-Baptiste Adam family has been working relentlessly in the
vineyards and in the cellar since 1614, which makes us one of the rare
family estates who can claim 400 years of history in wine making.
The archives of Jean Baptiste ADAM
Viticulture from father to son for 14 generations, the Jean Baptiste
Adam estate cultivates the art of wine making and wine sales in
The "Book of Gourmet" stands as a precious testimony to
the pursuit of winemaking, one that Jean Baptiste Adam, the patriarch,
still enjoys consulting. (To find out more, click on 1786)
The great dates
1614 : foundation of the estate by Jean Baptiste ADAM, "gourmet-winemaker". At the time, restaurants
came to Ammerschwihr to taste the wines of Jean-Baptiste Adam in order
to find the perfect match for their meals. The “gourmet-winemaker”,
expert and trustworthy, would serve as consultant, and broker, to guide
them through the vineyards of Alsace. This official occupation,
introduced during the Middle-Ages, only existed in the region of
Alsace. Today, the occupation has disappeared, but the winemaking
philosophy remains focused on gastronomic excellence.
Under the Second Empire, the entire production of the village of
Ammerschwihr was sold through four gourmets, acting as brokers. Adam
was in charge of the restaurant “Aux Trois Rois” (The Three Kings).
14,000 to 18,000 hectoliters were sold annually during the last years
of the second empire. The Jean Baptiste Adam estate would sell between
6000 and 8000 hectoliters.
Loading in at the winery
1786 : the “Book of Gourmet” contains early writings that
tell the story of past marketing efforts, and are a favorite of the
patriarch, Jean Adam. The “Book of Gourmet” retraces the evolution of
wine sales from 1786 until today. In the early years of the Jean Baptiste Adam estate,
restaurants represented the great majority of the customer base, but
the book also shows evidence of transactions in Yokohama, Japan and in
New York, NY.
1834 : our estate produced the oldest Alsace wine label, the Kaefferkopf. Dating back to 1834, it already mentions the Kaefferkopf terroir.
1870 : first expansion of the cellar.
1939 : in memory of Amélie Adam, born Amélie Schindenhammer.
After the loss of her husband at the age of 41, this ambitious mother
of four took on the great challenge of becoming a business owner to
manage the estate. In addition, she acquired for her second son Paul, a
wine distributorship in Lauw (Vallée de Masevaux).
1939-45 : World War II. During the Second World War, our estate
was considered "deutschfeindlich", hostile to the Germans. As a result,
the estate was prevented from conducting sales during the war. Our
cellar also became a hiding place for many inhabitants of Ammerschwihr
during the US bombing. As a result, the cellar was spared during the
war, and our wooden casks were preserved from being burnt.
1957 : Jean Adam, assisted by his wife Paulette, brought a much
needed second breath to the area, still economically fragile after the
war. He initiated the bottling and selling of Alsace wines in France and abroad.
1982 : Jean Baptiste Adam, current president, joins the family estate and conducts his first vinification after finishing his winemaking degree in the prestigious university of Beaune.
1993 : establishment of strict internal guidelines to develop viticulture more respectful of the ecosystem (lutte raisonnée).
2003 : The Jean Baptiste Adam estate makes a commitment to work in biodynamics on all its vineyards.
2004 : Since 2004 a new tasting room gives access to our
cellar, our vinotech, a true family museum where our best bottles age
patiently with the great attention and care of our dedicated and
2007 : The Kaefferkopf Grand Cru
The "Kaefferkopf" terroir of Ammerschwihr, famous since the middle
ages, has finally been promoted as the 51st Grand Cru of the Alsace
appellation. It represents the greatest pride of Ammerschwihr. This
recognition has become, for our family, a true accomplishment and the
result of a long and hard fought battle.