Alsace Wine

This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascinating combination of French and German influence. It has been fought over by the two countries for hundreds of years, becoming French after the Thirty Years’ War, German after the Franco-Prussian War, French again after WWI, German during WWII, and finally, French afterward. Its system of Grands Crus can be confusing, and this is in part because Alsace, having been under German rule for a time, did not catch up with the AC system until 1962.


Both German and French grapes can be found here. There is German Riesling and Gewurztraminer, as well as French Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Other varieties include Sylvaner, Chasselas, Auxerrois, and Pinot Noir. Alsace is best known for making rich, dry white wines, though a few reds from Pinot Noir are made as well. The wines are usually varietal wines labeled as such, though field blends exist as well. Alsatian cremants and dessert wines can be excellent as Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Château d'Orschwihr

    The history of the Château d'Orschwihr goes back to the beginning of the Xl th century. Pope Léon...

  • Domaine Klipfel

    Le Domaine KLIPFEL a été créé en 1824 par Martin KLIPFEL. C’est aujourd’hui une entreprise famili...

  • Bestheim

    With its 720 hectares of vines, Bestheim is the 4th wine producer in Alsace and the 3rd marketer ...

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

    Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss exists on that intriguing fault line between deeply traditional and the...

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

    The Domaine Barmes Buecher and winemakers François and Genevieve Barmès are located at Wettolshei...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Joseph Cattin 2017

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    I have always felt that the region of Alsace was the forgotten wine region of France. With Bordeaux, Rhone, Burgundy, and Champagne always in the wine media, Alsace keeps cool and quiet in the background and lets the other regions make all the noise. But Alsace likes it that way and enjoys its small town ways along with its wonderfully unforgett... Read More

    Wine review by WineSplash


  • Another wine with German roots, but, actually, from above the 49th ... a cross ... a cross of Riesling and and Alsace grape called Knipperle.  I really get the Riesling part.  BIG fruit--nice, crisp apple and, maybe, some nectarine or apricot.  Seriously, if you blind tasted this with a bunch of Rieslings you could have a lot of fun.  It seems... Read More

    Forum post in the topic And now for something...


  • Trimbach Riesling 2010

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £6 frpm the website www.cellartrade.co.uk Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval period,producing mainly white wines [although a few are red ] in the east of France by the German border. Indeed at some periods of history it was a part of Germa... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Alsace Willm Reserve Gewurztraminer 2016

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Domaine Paul Blanck & Fils Pinot Noir 2011

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    I bought two bottles of this wine from the website ... for £22. Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval period,producing mainly white wines [though this one is a red] in the east of France by the German border.Indeed at some periods of history it was a part of Germany and the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Gewurztraminer Alsace Biehler NV

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Expedition to Total Wine with a 20% off coupon.2 X German Dornfelders: 2 X Pinot Noirs--one Alsace and one German 1 X Italian Lagrein 2 X Malbec--one Argentinian and one French I have no reason to believe that any of these is particularly distinguished, but at the prices I was paying--the most expensive was $21.59 with the coupon--who cares? Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Gustave Lorentz Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc Reserve 1987

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    I bought two bottles of this wine for £10 from the website ....Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,although there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era,producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimil... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • E - Was that lack of spice in the above a detriment? I would not say it ... than my experience with any Alsace example I have ever tried.  It was also much more acidic.  Interesting difference Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • E&R - Pretty cool that you two were drinking Ridge Zins like that. E - ... the fact it was dry, like Alsace.However - tonight a friend from Milwaukee was passing through Park Falls with his on their way up to northern MN to do some ice fishing.  They got a hotel room, called for a surprise visit.  We don't have the wines that they have in Mil. ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • I love the wines from this region, my number 1 favorite!

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