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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  • Louis Sipp

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

  • Bestheim

    With its 720 hectares of vines, Bestheim is the 4th wine producer in Alsace and the 3rd marketer ...

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • Trimbach

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

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Buehler is a pretty good deal.  Recently had a bunch of it for around $15 ... ... Abbes Pinot Blanc from Alsace, a Liveli Fiano from Puglia--a frequent rebuy for me--were the whites.  I needed a Syrah (really, I did!) for some lamb this week, so I bought a 2011 Tallulah Bald Mountain at the insane price of $18--over half off list.  I needed s... Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Greg's comments are spot-on, but for the sake of argument I'll suggest ... been to all four locations (Alsace, too), and Greg and others here have more specifics to offer, as wel Read More

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  • I'll be in Germany next week, and once I arrive I plan to drag my jet-lagged self to Alsace, France to tour a few wineries there (a couple hours from Frankfurt). BUT- I'm not really into white wines as much as reds, though I don't mind Gewurtzraminer and Dry Riesling.But I am thinking of taking a day off toward the end of the week. I can get pre... Read More

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  • Thank you all for the help and comments! Obviously we love taking trips that ... is an early summer trip to Alsace. We've already secured a VRBO in Colmar so that part is already settled. As we get closer I'll start a separate thread soliciting advice, experiences or any other observations anyone would care to contribut Read More

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  • Jonata Pinot Noir la Poesia de Jonata 2005

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    Wine review by hlgolding


  • Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris les Princes Abbes 2011

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    Reasonable expression of a Pinot Gris varietal. Crisp, medium-dry. Very juicy. Read More

    Wine review by Tganucheau


  • Wolfberger Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc 2009

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    Wine review by MagsDJ


  • Terrance - here are some others you might want to try.Milbrandt, Chateau St. ... ... are the better ones.From Alsace, where it's probably most famous, there's Hugel, Sparr, Trimbach and Zind Humbrecht, but most of those have become pretty pricey these days. Still, if you hunt, you can get them on sale sometimes at 19.99.If you want to go farth... Read More

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  • Domaine Schlumberger Grand Cru Saering Riesling 2008

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    Wine review by smuratore


  • Trimbach Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Vendanges Tardives 2009

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    Wine review by smuratore


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