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 Noir

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

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Alsace View all

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Dopff & Irion

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

  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • François Baur

    Situated at the end of the valley of Munster, itself overlooking the town of Turckheim, the area ...

  • Jean Geiler

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

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

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  • Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Pinot Gris Calcaire 2010

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    by the glass at gramercy tavern - strictly ok. Far better than the Reisling. Read More

    Wine review by MTripp


  • OT, the more the merrier and besides, you'll never be lonely.Was planning ... are my notes:Fantastic white Alsace blend of chardonnay and auxerrois. For an '05 this is drinking great right now! Beautiful golden color, nose of creamy lemon pith and honey. On the palate there's more of that creamy lemon cheesecake along with ripe golden deliciou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Zind-Humbrecht White Blend Zind 2005

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    Fantastic white Alsace blend of chardonnay and auxerrois. For an '05 this is drinking great right now! Beautiful golden color, nose of creamy lemon pith and honey. On the palate there's more of that creamy lemon cheesecake along with ripe golden delicious apple, dried apricot, creme brulee, and some fine acidity to balance out the fruit. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Helfrich Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by mambomilk


  • Anne de Laweis Alsace Pinot Gris Reserve 2012

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a shop in London's Kensington [www.thesampler.co.uk ] for £10.Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border.Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine.AOC rules dictate a ta... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Kuentz-Bas Pinot Blanc Tradition 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mahee Ferlini


  • Helfrich Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2013

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    Light aromas of sunflower seeds, beeswax, green apple and a bit of petrol. Clear and clean flavors, more green apple and some pear with lemon. Simple but well made and elegant. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Helfrich Cremant d'Alsace Brut NV

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    Rich and creamy aromas of coconut, toasted almonds, honey and green apple. Flavors are clean and fresh, slightly yeasty and toasty with green apple, lemon, toasted almond and hazelnut. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Helfrich Alsace Grand Cru Gewurztraminer 2012

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    Quite floral honeysuckle and honey aromas with fresh violets, pear, and rose petals. Flavors are quite intensely floral as well, with lavender essence, honey, lemonade, green apples. Finishes long and perfumed. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Domaines Schlumberger Princes Abbes Pinot Blanc 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by smuratore


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