SIPP MACK Vins d'Alsace - Our History in Hunawihr 
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An exceptional environment

The vineyards surrounding Hunawihr whisper the timeless story of the village’s cherished bond with the world of wine.  As you wind your way up the picturesque, narrow streets, you can appreciate the Alsace traditions passed down over the centuries as they seep from the timber-framed, geranium-bedecked homes.

 

Nestled at the top of the village, you will find Sipp Mack, a 9th generation family winery, currently run by Laura and Jacques Sipp with their daughter, Carolyn.

Generational winemaking relays

The Sipp Mack winery was created in 1959 following the marriage of two winemaking families, François Sipp from Ribeauvillé and Marie Louise Mack from Hunawihr.  In 1983, following his viticulture and enology studies, business school and work experiences in American wineries for 2 years, their son, Jacques, returned to Alsace to join the family estate. He brought his wife, Laura, a Californian graduate from the University of California Davis wine program, back with him.

Jacques and Laura brought new vision to the vineyard and winery operations. Their desire to make consistently high quality, pure wines that reflect their soils led them to combine Alsatian traditions with modern technology and production methods that protect the environment.  After years certified sustainable farming and integrated pest management, they converted the entire domain to certified organic farming. 

Today, a new breeze flows through the family winery with the arrival of their daughter, Carolyn.  Her dynamism and creative ideas enrich and consolidate the domain’s artisanal viticulture and winemaking approach. 

 

Rooted in history yet open to the future, each generation brings initiatives and encouragement to the preceding generation while nourishing each other with their experience.  

 

A modern vision

 

By recognizing the value of team work among their staff, they strive to create a fulfilling and dynamic work atmosphere.

 

Not surprisingly, Sipp Mack has evolved over the years. Fifty percent of the wines produced are now available in several export markets. In spite of the relatively rapid changes, the estate has managed to keep its family-oriented nature and its appreciation of its rich heritage. Locals, wine amateurs from near and far, and tourists looking for “the road less traveled” enjoy sharing conversations (often multilingual!) around the tasting room table, surrounded by beautiful artifacts from the past nine generations.




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