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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Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • Muscat

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

  • Gewürztraminer

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

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • Pinot Blanc

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

Subregions of Alsace

Popular Wineries in Alsace View all

  • Boxler & Fils, Domaine Albert

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Domaine Bott Frères

    Poperty located at the heart of the vineyards with the tradition of growing the finest grape vari...

  • Domaine Weinbach

    At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of...

  • Seppi Landmann

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Thierry and Guy Pinot Noir Fat Bastard 2007

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    Ok, take this for what it's worth. Tonight I had a wine tasting at my house. The theme was predominately red wines. The first three wines were Pinot Noir. I am new at wine taste reviews but I'll give it a shot.The three Pinot Noir wines were Mirassou, Castle Rock and Fat Bastard. While all three were enjoyed, Fat Bastard fared the best among the... Read More

    Wine review by Green Pea


  • Chandon Pinot Noir Pinot Noir North Coast Carneros 2005

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    A plum red wine with cherry hues, the aroma reveals layers of blackberry, plum and toffee with notes of truffle and cherry cola. The wine is very silky, with rich flavors of plum and blueberry and accents of clove and white pepper. The wine has a plush, lingering finish. Read More

    Wine review by David Kohl


  • Kilikanoon Mort's Block 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by fjsk


  • While open that bottle night is still on we've had to change venues. Saturday ... ... Pinot Blanc Les Charmes, Alsace 2006 Domaine Pierre Morey Aligoté, Burgundy 2005 Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Perrières, Costières de Nîmes 2006 Tenuta di Biserno Insolgio del Cinghiale, Toscana IGT If you will not be able to join us for dinner in Ne... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Open that bottle night - a...


  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Sélection de Grains Nobles 'Fut 27' 1989

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    Not at the level of the Ste-Hune or CFE VTS from this year, as it's a bit less fine (apparently a negociant wine), but a very good example of a Riesling SGN from the vintage, and a good value at this price ($125 at rare wine co) Read More

    Wine review by Sweetstuff


  • Albert Boxler Riesling Vielles Vignes 2005

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    The old vines make an early appearance. The nose is equally developed, with a pronounced intensity of apricot, bay leaf and plums. On the palate it is off-dry, with a noticeable alcohol level and a fairly full body. The acidity is crisp, keeping the wine from becoming too heavy. Perfectly balanced. A pronounced intensity of spiced fruit (baked a... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister


  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc la Dame Wiebelsberg 2002

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    Med golden color. Youthful to developing nose with a medium intensity of tropical fruit aromas. Dry, with crisp acidity and medium body and alcohol. Medium intensity of minerals, spice, almonds and apricot. Long length.Well balanced with a complex flavour structure. I would love to drink this with a meal of choucroute. Ready to drink but can age... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister


  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss Riesling Alsace Grand Cru Aoc le Château Kastelberg 2002

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    Med golden color. Developing nose, medium to pronounced intensity aromas of minerals and grapefruit. Dry. Crisp acidity, medium to full body. Pronounced intensity of grapefruit, lots of spice and minerals. Medium alcohol. Long length.Very complex and well-balanced. A wine to sit with and contemplate. Ready to drink but will improve over the next... Read More

    Wine review by DerKellermeister


  • Trimbach Riesling Alsace Aoc Cuvée Frédéric Emile 2001

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    Medium lemon with hints of green, tears. Petrol, minerals, peaches and apples on the nose. Stony and iodine notes. Bone dry, high acidity, med. + alcohol, med. + body. Apples and citrus on the palate. Very good. Lovely balance between levels of acidity and ripeness of fruit. Can age for up to 20 years. Read More

    Wine review by Alvina


  • Goldeneye Pinot Noir 2005

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    Aroma of blackberries and dark cherry complemented by spice. Early fruit taste, but dominated by a pleasing vanilla oak. Good acidity and tanins, full-bodied and well-balanced. Read More

    Wine review by cgibbons


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