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...

  • Pinot Blanc

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

  • Muscat

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

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  • Gustave Lorentz

    One can't be a winemaker without passion: the severity of the elements, the limitless work requir...

  • Trimbach

    Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 ...

  • Lucien Albrecht

    The history of the Albrecht family as winegrowers can be traced back to 1425 with Romanu Albrecht...

  • Seppi Landmann

    Seppi Landmann’s winery is located 15km to the south of Colmar, in the village of Soultzmatt in t...

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

    The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to se...

  • Jean Geiler

    Founded in 1926, the winery offers you a wide range of top-quality Alsace wines, from varietal wi...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • 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

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  • 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

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  • 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

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  • Good luck with the Barolo VV, nice to see someone take a swing on one of the ... ... Also looking good on the Alsac Read More

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  • Famille Hugel Classic Riesling Alsace 2014

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    Classic cool Riesling aromatics with plenty of lemon, stony slate and green apple. Quite dry on the palate, crisp and juicy with a zesty acidity and fruit flavors of lime, grapefruit and green apple. Finishes with a mineral edge and good length. Read More

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  • Good one, Vino, a serious score! Great wine, one of my favorites from Alsace.  :-) Read More

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  • These beauties arrived this week, found them on sale on-line at Benchmark ... ... ... the Domaine during our Alsace trip in 2016 and to me their wines were far and away the best we sampled all week, and we sampled a lo Read More

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  • Alsace les Faitieres Riesling 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local wine shop [www.boroughwines.co.uk ] for £12. Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,althogh 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... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cleebourg Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Cuvée Prestige 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


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