Deeply rooted in the vineyard since 1580, 14 generations of the Beyer family have transmitted their passion for wine from one generation to the next. This age-old family memory serves as a guarantee of our savoir-faire. Numerous scrupulously preserved archives, documents and notebooks are the living memory of our wine estate. Steeped in regional history, these documents were written either in Old French or in Old German. They tell the story of our passion: the vineyard of Eguisheim.
The origins of the Beyer family merge with the history of Alsatian viticulture. The archives of our estate attest to its presence in Eguisheim as early as the end of the 16th century.
These visionary precursors built up the Beyer wine estate over decades.
Lucas Beyer acquired vines from the Sales of National Assets in 1792 and laid the first stones of the winery. Antoine Beyer, his son, acquired the former Hostellerie "Au Cheval Blanc" in 1837, thus placing him in the heart of the village of Eguisheim. His son, Emile Beyer, developed wines sales and shipping, first in Alsace and then in the major urban centers of Basel and Karlsruhe. His son, Léon Beyer, defended the quality of Eguisheim wines and extended his market to more distant countries.
His son, Emile-Victor Beyer, (grandfather of Christian Beyer) obtained his Oenology Diploma at the University of Dijon in 1928.
Thanks to his acquired knowledge, the quality of the wines progressed very quickly. During this time period, which was not a very favorable one for the Alsatian wine region, he advocated for estate bottling and created a new label in his name. Luc Beyer took over from his father in 1953. Through his vineyard land acquisitions, he continued to strengthen the wine estate’s position amongst the best crus of Eguisheim.
Today, Christian Beyer, the 14th generation of the Beyer family in Eguisheim, together with his wife Valérie, oversee and safeguard the destiny of the estate.
Christian Beyer joined the family business after a solid training in oenology in Burgundy, supplemented by professional experiences at Château Rieussec in Sauternes and Schloss Johannisberg in the Rheingau.