Les sélections


World wine consumption increases. This growth will increase in coming years. Your plants will come into production within three years, just in time to meet these new demands.

You have a specific climate and unique " terroir ", our advice will help you reach your goals of quality and production by adapting the most of your wine to your environment.

To establish your vineyard, we can help you to define your statégie wine, pallissage type, planting density, choice of grape variety, or clonal selections massales, choice of rootstock ...

Our policy of quality development has led us to work rigorously for a crop plant respectful of the environment and this diversity.

This was possible due to our ongoing adaptation to change the requirements of Viticulture and partnership with many winemakers

Among our solutions, the  " massale " selection constitue the most important trends in wine quality, in terms of richness and aromatic complexity.


The " massale " selection

The " massale " selection is obtained from different strains after a plot, often elderly, it is certain that the outcome is not from clones. This selection consists of different strains is also called "population" as opposed to the clone stem consists of exactly the same.

The term " massale " was used because that was selected in a mass of different strains of an old plot

The history of the " massale "  selection

The " massale " selection, is a selection technique that was practiced for a long time with varying degrees of rigor. This technique was phased out by nurseries where the clones have emerged in the late 60.

After 20 years of intensive use of clones, grape growers have reported the difficulty in to obtain the performance of some clones and the wines produced from these clones who lacked
of personnality.

Sensitive to their remarks, we began to realize again in 1987, " massales " selections that meet their demands.

The commitment of nurseries in HEBINGER " massale " selections since 1987 :

  • The output too high of clones led us to seek to a less productive selections.
  • The sugar content and dry matter depends very much on the performance. Less productive selections allow to obtain richer wines.
  • The low number of clones in the Alsace wines, does not allow us to make a mixture of clones, whereas there is evidence that a mixture of different types give wines richer and more complex ( Our selections " massales " consist of a natural mixture of different types).
  • The Alsace wine region is rich in a natural diversity in each variety. In the old vines planted before the appearance of clones, there are a variety of different types. By planting only clones, we are moving towards a loss of genetic diversity of our vineyard.
  • All the work done by our predecessors to adapt selections to various soils and microclimates of our vineyards is destroyed permanently by planting clones.
  • " Massale " selection custom allows each wine grower to make his own selection that he can adapt to his way of working and the local character. It also helps to reproduce a plot interesting features.

Our technique of " massale " selection

To achieve a " massale " selection of quality is an important job

Our first selections were mainly based on visual criteria :

  • The general health of the plant

  • The number and size of clusters

  • The advance in the maturation
  • The aromatic appreciation (some varieties)

Now we also take into account the sugar content and a more precise approach of the production.

This work is done using computerized réfractomères that we have developed within the company.

Each autumn, we perform more than 20,000 steps and spend over 250 hours to the selection.

We select at least 2 following years before collecting wood for grafting.

Through this work, we can offer selections of more or less productive, richer in sugar, and
in the near future, selections with later maturity.

Some of our selections in loose clusters have excellent resistance to rot.

All our selections " massales " were checked and have obtained approval of " FranceAgriMer " (formerly ONIVINS)

The private " massale " selection

What is a private " massale " selection?

" Massale " selection is performed by the private grower, possibly with our help, exclusively for its own needs.

Unlike a classic, it remains the exclusive property of the breeder and grower does not need a control or approval.

This technique allows the grower to adjust finely the selection to  the type of production desired, but also to safeguard the biodiversity of the vineyard and thereby, continue the work of his predecessors.

How to make his private " mass ale "selection?

Each grower is able to make his own selection.

Indeed, who better than he knows the behavior of his vines and
knows what the final product research?

He is use to mark the feet that correspond to the desired characteristics, while being attentive to their overall health.

However, we can differentiate two techniques selections:

  • It seeks only a product corresponding to a specific need
  • It is more to save an old vineyard with all its diversity not ruling that the feet présent real defects.

The young vines that emerges is then used to make sharper selections by eliminating the risk of errors induced by the age of the feet.

Clonal selection

What is a clonal selection?

Clonal selection is a technique whereby, we research a strain of interesting features and multiply it by vegetative propagation to obtain a progeny perfectly identical to the starting strain. The whole descent is called a clone.

The vast majority of Alsatian clones were approved in 1966.

Few new clones have been approved during the 40 years that followed.

In 2007 and 2008 several new clones of Riesling and Gewurztraminer were approved.

The three main objectives institutes selections.

  • Seeking for more consistent returns, of a high level with the highest quality possible while remaining within the typicity of the grape.

  • The search for greater uniformity to facilitate different work in the vineyard.

  • The elimination of virus diseases which may be much reduced performance.



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