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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  • 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

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  • Dopff & Irion

    Clustered around Riquewihr, the 27 hectare vineyard worked by Dopff & Irion is extremely well sit...

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

  • Domaine Bott Frères

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

  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Trimbach

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

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