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

  • 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...

  • Muscat

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

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...

  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

    The extreme variation in conditions of production at the domaine have led Jean-Michel DEISS to se...

  • Jean Geiler

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

  • Leon Beyer

    The Beyer family have been wine-growers in Eguisheim, the cradle of the Alsace wine-producing reg...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Pierre Arnold Cremant d'Alsace Brut NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • I think Pinot Gris/Grigio. T'Gallant from the Mornington Peninsula, Alsace,NZ &Italy of course. Gamay, Aglianico, Rhone whites, Yeringberg Marsanne/Rousanne. Complementing the umami whilst not overpowering subtle flavours or being overwhelmed by some robust flavours would be a fascinating trial and error experience. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Matching challenge *3*: what...


  • Septima Noche Pinot Noir-Bodega Septima-Vino Tinto NV

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    An interesting pinot noir from a hot and dry terrain. Smokey for a Pinot with cherry and currant flavors. Smooth and a bit darker in color that typical pinot noirs. Read More

    Wine review by BeautifulCalamity


  • I thought of some more, what about Condrieu? Or an antipodean Clonakilla ... ... River from NZ or Hugel from Alsace. Champagne again, even a Blanc de Noir Read More

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  • I'm just going to assume that the food is heavily spiced and is an ... ... ... propose the obvious--an Alsace-style Gewurztraminer.However, last week we had the best Viognier that I have ever tasted (from Halcon).  (I also admit that my Viognier experience is limited.)  That might be a good choic Read More

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  • Vieil Armand Alsace Medaille Pinot Noir 2008

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Paul & Phillippe Zinck Gewurztraminer 2010

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    Just a beautiful wine for the money, if you can find it. Floral and perfumed nose, complemented by notes of lychee and sweet tropical fruit. Maybe a faint petrol edge. The real surprise is on the palate, where there is restrained and balanced sweetness that supports the wine, but doesn't dominate. Well balanced by lots of soft, supportive acidit... Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


  • Vieil Armand Alsace Grand Cru Gewurztraminer Grand Cru Ollwiller 2007

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • Arthur Metz Pinot Blanc Alsace 2011

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  • Hugel et Fils Pinot Noir Alsace Aoc Jubilee 2003

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    I bought a bottle of this wine from the website ... I got it for only one pound. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines [although this one is a red ] 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 ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


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