The history of the Domaine

The “Domaine du Bouxhof” is a unique site in Alsace. It is one of the few authentic examples remaining, with its prominent two towered building, surrounded by rows of well-tended vines.

It looks down on the Alsace Plain and in the distance one can distinguish the outlines of, on the one side, the Vosges hills and on the other the Black Forest.

The Origins of the Bouxhof

The origins of the Bouxhof date back to Roman times, when a patrician settled there in a villa and cultivated some vines and gardens.

Some old parchments state that the Bouxhof was part of the Pairis Abbey from the 12th century. Both monks and laymen looked after the property under the orders of the Abbey.

A first chapel, then a second, were built by the bishop of Basle in the 15th century, both of which were dedicated to Saint Barbe. The terrible 30 years war, with its disasters and pillaging, interrupted the monks’ wine culture.

Then peace and prosperity returned until the French Revolution broke out, after which the possessions of the clergy and convents were made public property and put up for auction.

The Edel era

The Bouxhof became the property of different families. In 1925 the EDEL family era began.

During the Second World War, the Bouxhof was at the centre of the fierce Battle of the “Poche de Colmar”. American troops established their quarters there and the family, who had initially looked after injured soldiers, had to evacuate.

On their return the vines had to be restored to health and the buildings repaired, although at no time was the work in the vineyards or the care for the wines in the cellar abandoned.

French historiacal Monument

A major renovation project commenced in 1990.

The “Domaine du Bouxhof” was included in the Register of French Historical Monuments in 1996, and the last of the 1939-45 war damage was finally made good.

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