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...

  • Pinot Noir

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

  • 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...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Dirler-Cade

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

  • Louis Sipp

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

  • Gustave Lorentz

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Bestheim

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

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

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  • There I was bragging that I knew about Norton, and you go and show me up by ... you look for something from Alsace.  My experience (limited) is that their wines are bone dry.  Of course Germany produces truly great Riesling wines, but decoding their labels (and I am better than most) is nontrivial.  A German Riesling can be dry, semi-dry (whic... Read More

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  • EMark - You might want to check out some Malbec from Argentina for a ... I'm still in Alsace while le Tour is heading North past the far Western edge of Bordeaux Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... Marcel 1999 Alsace Mambourg  |  2 in stock  |  $34.99 Deschamps, Marc 2000 Pouilly-Fumé Les Champs de Cri  |  2 in stock  |  $19.99 Do Ferreiro 2010 Rias Baixas Albarino  |  4 in stock  |  $19.99 Domaines et Terroirs du Sud 1937 Maury   |  6 in stock  |  $119.99... Read More

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  • If in the States right now I'd definitely be buying off this list. Really ... 1998 Alsace Gewurztraminer Herrenweg  |  1 in stock  |  $39.99 Zind-Humbrecht 2000 Alsace Riesling Herrenweg  |  1 in stock  |  $39.99 Zind-Humbrecht 2000 Alsace Riesling Gueberschwihr  |  1 in stock  |  $34.99   Read More

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  • With that meal I'd definitely go white. Could be a nice chardonnay with ... or even a dry riesling from Alsace or maybe (if you hunt well) North America. I wouldn't want a thin, acidic white nor a pinot. The tannins in the pinot do not match the zucchini, tomato or even lemon with my palat Read More

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  • Clos Rebberg Riesling Alsace Ac 2006

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    Bone dry riesling with very nice minerality and some caramel. Great porch wine. Some caramel and floral notes on the back end with a medium finish and some lingering acidity. Read More

    Wine review by pboss


  • Willm Blanc de Blancs Brut NV

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    Wine review by evangelistalo


  • Domaine Paul Blanck Pinot Gris 2011

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    Ripe, rich, and juicy with notes of pear and pineapple. Balanced acidity mid-palate with a zesty, citrusy finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • When not feeling 100%, I tend to gravitate toward Riesling. This will be my first taste of Alsace that I can remember, and if the stated alcohol (13.5%) is any indication it'll be some of the first dry Riesling I've tasted as well. Read More

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  • Vieil Armand Alsace Grand Cru Pinot Gris Grand Cru Ollwiller 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


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