Jean Trimbach

Trimbach Estate | Alsace, France

The Trimbach’s have a purist vision. For three centuries and across 13 generations, the family has produced wines that are structured, longlived, fruity, elegant and balanced: the celebrated Trimbach style. The family personally looks after each operation, from planting to harvests and from vinification to bottling.

The viticultural origin of the Trimbach family dates back to 1626, when Jean Trimbach, was recognized as a citizen of Riquewihr. From then on, the Trimbach’s were renowned for their wine-growing. Maison Trimbach’s vineyards are all situated around Ribeauville (Ribeauville, Hunawihr, Bergheim, Rorschwihr, Riquewihr, and Mittlewihr). They benefit from the unique Alsatian microclimate, thanks to the Vosges Mountains protection, which preserves the plain from the rain. The vineyards were planted on the Ribeauville’s fault line that fractured 50 million years ago between the Vosges Mountain range and the Black Forest offering a mosaic of terroirs including the complex calcareous limestone and bio-degraded seashell fossils called “Muschelkalk.”

Jean Trimbach, of the 12th generation, has over 25 years of experience working for Maison Trimbach.

Educated in Colmar, Jean attended college in Strasbourg where he studied accounting and business. In 1983, Jean served his year of military service with the Mountain Artillery based near Grenoble in the French Alps.

Jean finished his studies in the USA where he perfected his English and studied all aspects of the US wine business. He first moved to New York where he worked for six months for Seagram Château & Estates Wine Company. He then moved to California where he worked at Gundlach-Bundschu in Sonoma and at Sterling Vineyards in Napa. Upon returning to France, Jean also spent three months at Château Mouton Rothschild in Bordeaux.

Today, Jean Trimbach boasts the expertise of selling over 25 Trimbach vintages and has also been very involved in the export business, traveling extensively throughout the world.

Remarkable terroir combined with the enthusiasm and ambition of the Trimbach family keeps their winemaking tradition, rigor and know-how alive, elevating their wines to the very peak of perfection. Their unrivaled expertise has made the “Trimbach style” a benchmark for Alsace wines.