Since 1614 we write the history of Alsace wine

JB ADAM's Domaine

The family ADAM since 1614

Arbre généalogique

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 Ammerschwihr, Alsace.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 experienced team.
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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. 

 
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Jean-Baptiste Adam
5, rue de l'Aigle
F- 68770 Ammerschwihr
Tel : +33 (0)3 89 78 23 21
Fax : +33 (0)3 89 47 35 91
jbadam@jb-adam.fr