Rolly GassmannWinery with a generous attitude to wine tastings
Credit: Rolly Gassmann
Rolly Gassmann isn’t, in fact, the jolly, rotund winemaker you might imagine from the name, but an amalgamation of two names (Rolly and Gassmann), separate families who joined together centuries ago to make wine together. What they passed on to their descendants was a passion for the humble grape, an obsession with the complexities of the soil their vines are planted in (there are 21 different soil types in this pocket of Alsace, don’t you know), and a love for sharing their wines with others.
When you arrive in the village of Rorschwihr for a tasting session chez Rolly Gassmann (either just stop by, or book in advance if a big group), come prepared to settle in for the afternoon – you’re unlikely to stumble out, blinking into the sunshine, for at least a couple of hours. The wines are mostly sweet whites, as is typical in Alsace, ranging from a fruity Pinot Blanc through sweeter Rieslings to syrupy dessert wines. With 40 or so available to taste, willingly offered up by the accommodating staff, you’re likely to find yourself pretty jolly at Rolly’s, and in something of a devil-may-care mood when it comes to whipping out the wallet and purchasing a few bottles. Failing a teetotal friend to drive you there and back, take a rucksack and sober up on the walk home.
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