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

  • 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 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

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 ...

  • Jean Geiler

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Dirler-Cade

    The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, ne...

  • 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 ...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Domaine Rolly-Gassmann Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I guess ALSACE STYLE PINOT GRIGIO will be ideal!  Read More

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  • DMT, welcome to the Snooth Forum.  We hope you hang around.Al's ... ... ... Rieslings come from the Alsace, from New York state, and from Washington state.  Riesling is going to have more of a "apple" profile, than a red fruit, but the thing about it that I really think would work with your meal is that Riesling also has excellent acid--somet... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Domaine Saint-Remy Cremant d'Alsace NV

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    Elegant, fruity aromas of glazed pear, fresh apple and vanilla cream on the nose. This exhibits a truly fresh palate of lively stone fruit, pierced with zesty acidity and a pile of spice - and wrapped in a creamy layer of vanilla bean, rolled oats and brioche. Read More

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  • Meyer-Fonne Brut Extra Cremant d'Alsace NV

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    Heady savory lemon, toasted hazelnut and fresh yeast aromas are very aromatic here. Theres a bit of cream on the palate which shifts towards lemon and grapefruit notes, more dark toast and smoky brioche, leading straight into a lighter note of peach and apple, finishing with vanilla, cream and some melon. Good complexity. Read More

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  • It was a crazy afternoon, with quite a few people in and out of the two ... ... and some riesling from both Alsace and the Mosel. All good wines but the Batard garnered the most comments before the La Chapelle appeared. General level of revelry was pretty high, though things were a lot better-behaved than if we'd been doing it, say, at Chateau... Read More

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  • OK Amour, I too love to have fun with wine.  Tomorrow evening we're ... a side by side of Mosel vs Alsace Riesling. We're grilling some big sirloins and doing a 2012 Napa vs Sonoma cab tasting.  How's that for FUN?  Hopefully I'll be able to report back on the outcome on Monda Read More

    Forum post in the topic HAVING SERIOUS FUN WITH OUR...


  • BLESS YOU DEAR VIN0VIN0!HOW COOL IS THAT!!!!Alexander Valley does put out good ... ... are sweet.90% of the ALSACE RIESLINGS are DRY.German Rieslings are mainly off-dry or they are semi-sweet.I generally go for German Rieslings....I DID NOT PARTICULARLY ENJOY STARLING CASTLE RIESLING, (FROM THE FAMOUS MOSEL), THOUGH! ENJOY YOUR WINE ESCAPADE!... Read More

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  • Broke a couple of personal practices the other night. First of all I'm on a ... ... Calvados and Marc d'Alsace (riesling) and coffee.The only wine worth mentioning was the Les Argillieres. Nice vintage, very fine Pommard. I'd had their Les Poutures (a larger if blunter wine which also benefits from aging) before but this, even though their lar... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Here are my WOTYs USA. This red and white are both California wines.Red - 2008 ... of the year was our trip to Alsace. We drank white wine all week and never got tired of it, even with all of that heavy German influenced food.Overall WOTY would have to be the Domaine Weinbach Riesling Grand Cru Schlossberg Vineyard (photo borrowed from the Vin... Read More

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