Rebuilt in 16th century within the walls of the fortified village of Kientzheim, the Château of the Confrérie Saint-Etienne was notably the residence of the famous general Lazare de Schwendi who is said to have introduced the Tokay grape to Alsace after his successful campaign in Hungary.
Bought by the Confrérie in 1973, the Château houses a unique Oenothèque (wine library) whose oldest bottles date from 1834, and today serves to host festive, cultural and professional events connected to Alsace wines.
A wide range of modern facilities in an atmospheric historical building make the Château eminently suitable to host seminars and other events at a corporate or institutional level, for example :
The Caveau Cellar, setting for the traditional Confrérie Alsace wine events, can welcome up to 200 guests and is equipped for audio, video and WiFi. On one side are the lawns and flowered gardens of the main courtyard, sheltered by medieval walls, and on the other side is a 3 acre park of lawns and mature trees facing the surrounding vineyards.
2 Reception rooms (Dreyer and Schwendi) can each hold from 130 to 150 seated guests at rectangular or round tables, with a dance floor.
The wood-panelled Chapter Room used for Grand Council meetings, can welcome up to 50 seated guests.
Other facilities available include a walled private car park for around 100 cars, a professional kitchen that fully meets the strict requirements of the top chefs who prepare gastronomic meals for the Confrérie, tableware and tablecloth rental, audio, video and WiFi equipment, security for the building, parking and gardens, floral decoration and atmospheric lighting, photography and various types of entertainment (musical, orchestral, hunting horns, magicians and wine-related games…)