Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE - ANDY CRONSHAW

WINE co-op­er­a­tives are not al­ways the best sources of good wine.

When lots of grow­ers get to­gether, qual­ity as­sur­ance can be dif­fi­cult to main­tain with so many dif­fer­ent parcels of grapes go­ing into the mix.

The ap­proach seems al­most the op­po­site to the ar­ti­san or bou­tique wine mak­ers who craft small quan­ti­ties with to­tal con­trol.

How­ever there are more than sev­eral ex­cep­tions to this and one of them is the ever-re­li­able Cave De Tur­ck­heim in France.

It was founded 60 years ago in the Alsace by Robert Sch­winder­ham­mer who was mayor of Tur­ck­heim and brought to­gether 180 like-minded grow­ers into one co-op­er­a­tive.

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