“Important components of vegetation in Reiler Mullay-Hofberg. From cultural land, fallow land, forest and water to humans and animals. Vegetation is the sum of plant formation and plant societies that frow in one area. It is characterized by climate, soil, relief, rock, aquatic content and by the influences of fire, animals and humans,” writes Thorsten Melsheimer, fifth-generation winemaker of Weingut Melsheimer.
Walking through Joseph Cattin’s Le Clos Madelon Alsatian vineyard, it’s hard to imagine it once being a World War I battleground. The fully covered ground is soft, sponge-like under foot. Chickens forage freely through the vineyard. Indiscriminately extracted plugs of earth reveals moist, living soil teeming with microbial life.