Jean-Baptiste Adam

Riesling Kaefferkopf Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru – 2018


Jean-Baptiste Adam

For more than 400 years, Jean-Baptiste Adam and his family have been grape growers and winemakers in Ammerschwihr. Throughout the centuries the Adam family has farmed vineyards, made wine, sold wine locally and sold wine in foreign lands. They survived the Thirty Years War (1618-1648), the Valois and Bourbon dynasties, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic wars, annexation by Germany and back to France, WWI, WWII, famine and disease.

Jean-Batiste V joined the winery in 1982, at the age of 21, after finishing his studies of wine, enology, and marketing. In 1996, Jean-Baptiste took over full management of the property from his father, Jean-Marie. Soon after taking charge of the company, he modernized the winery and created a processing and storage facility for the production of Crémant. In 2003, he converted the vineyards to biodynamic agriculture wholeheartedly. Today, he is considered a leader of biodynamic farming practices in Alsace.

Jean-Baptiste’s daughter, Laure, is the 15th generation to work in the family business. Armed with a BS in Viticulture and Enology, a Wine and Commerce license, and a master’s degree in Wine Management & Marketing, she is an integral part of the business.

Jean-Baptiste Adam produces wines of elegance, balance, minerality and longevity.


93 Points

Only the faintest note of lemon can be made out on this wine’s shy nose. Lemon ripeness, brightness and juiciness gets their due on a flowing, viviacious and sinuous body that is breezy with zest and gentle with blossomy ease, anchored by a mouthwatering, zesty core.The finish is dry and long.

Wine Enthusiast, November, 2020
93 Points

Growers in Ammerschwihr for more than 400 years, the Adams own 42 acres of vines and farm another 10 acres, all certified biodynamic by Demeter. Kaefferkopf is their prize holding, on a steep hillside just south of town. Jean-Baptiste Adam presents this floral riesling with a graciously light touch. It smells like a fresh pear and a white rose, deepening to nectarine and apricot with a day of air. The fruit development drives the complexity of the wine, long and gentle, ultimately savory. This would be delicious with the simplicity of fresh pears and clotted cream.

Wine and Spirits, October, 2021