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...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Trimbach

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

  • Jean Geiler

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

  • 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...

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

  • Louis Sipp

    Louis SIPP began his family's involvement in wine growing at the end of the First World War. L...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Welcome, SSS. Did I misread in the other thread or did you say you'll be living in Alsace soon? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Cora, here's a link to a trip report I wrote when we visited Alsace last summer, hope you enjoy it.  Most definitely seek out some Alsace Riesling when you get a chance, especially some Grand Cru from a well known producer like Domaine Weinbach or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • JD, Mark, great time last night, hope this is just the first of many!Rob, ... ... ... bottle during our entire Alsace trip, tx for rekindling those taste memories JD.I'll also add my applause to the very pleasurable eating establishment.  We commandeered a table of 7 for well over 3 hours on a Friday night (albeit we got there right at opening... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... on ... Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine to be a good foil to my dessert's ri... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2014

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    Tropical fruits on the nose with high but not biting acid and a long delicate finish. Read More

    Wine review by RandyFisher


  • Domaine Zinck Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose

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    Pleasantly herbal strawberry, cherry and cranberry aromas, clean and light. Creamy vanilla and strawberry notes with a fresh and lively cranberry note, zesty acidity and a toasty yeast note towards the finish with an earthy and herbal finish. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Trimbach Gewurztraminer 2013

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    Binny's 3/2017. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Nice looking pizza, MJET. Calling Stephen! Any experience with the wines I ... other drinksCremant d’Alsace (Domaine Pfister) x 3 to whet the appetite, as well as a few jars of craft beer while people were gatheringKeith Tulloch Hunter Semillon 2014 x 3 and Keith Tulloch Tawarri Vineyard Shiraz 2014 x 3 at start after the Alsatian and before th... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • 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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