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Alsace Wine Route

The Mount Sainte Odile and Obernai area are producing some excellent Alsace wines

The Alsace Wine Route is without any doubt one of the most spectacular and easy to follow wine route in France. It has become famous all over the world for the exceptional natural beauty of its scenery (mountains, vineyards and old traditional colourful villages) and for the way it makes the visitor feel close to the region and its winegrowers.

The Alsace Wine Route leads its way from north to south, from Marlenheim (on the road from Saverne to Strasbourg) to Thann (completely south of the Vosges mountains), along the eastern foothills of the Vosges. There is even a secluded wine area completely north of Alsace, in the area of Cleebourg, near the town of Wissembourg on the German border.

The delightful Alsace wine route runs across a succession of undulating hills, through pretty villages with narrow streets of colourful half-timbered houses. Some of them still keep their medieval ramparts and atmosphere: Riquewihr, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg (in the Colmar area) are among the most beautiful alsatian towns and villages.
Visitors can easily explore the vineyards, along numerous vineyard paths where signs explain the work of the winegrower and the diversity of the grape varieties.
Winstubs and tasting cellars offer an unforgettable experience. Many of them are able to welcome groups.

From April to October, a succession of wine festivals and wine fairs will highlight your trip. In August there is the traditional Colmar wine festival: 10 days of celebrations for what became the major summertime event in Alsace (almost 250 000 visitors in 2007!).

Stay in one of the most romantic and picturesque villages of the Alsace Wine Route: Riquewihr.

Alsace wines at a glance

The Alsace white wines are the great historical wine speciality of the region. Alsace famous grape varieties are Riesling, Pinot Gris (called Tokay in the past), Muscat, and Gewurztraminer. There are also some other varieties like Sylvaner, Klevner, Auxerrois and Pinot Blanc (white wines). Edelzwicker is not a grape variety but a blend of several noble varieties like Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat or Gewurztraminer. Each winegrower has its own recipe of Edelzwicker which may change from year to year according to the production of the year.
More and more excellent Pinot Noir red wines are produced nowadays.

Each «terroir» of Alsace determines the precise aromas and flavours of each Alsace grape variety. This diversity provides Alsace wines with everything they need to match every gastronomic moment, from the most everyday of meals to moments of relaxation among friends.
An Alsace wine can match every occasion. Delicious as an aperitive, they are also perfect partners for fish and seafood. Good Alsace wines are also matching poultry, white meats, game, foie gras, exotic recipes (thai, indian, chinese or creole cooking deserve a Gewurztraminer), dessert and - what could be a surprise for many - cheese! Contrary to popular belief, in most cases white wines are better adapted to cheese than red wines. This is particularly true with strong cheeses.


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