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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  • 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...

  • 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...

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  • Gustave Lorentz

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

  • Bestheim

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

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

    The Domaine Barmes Buecher and winemakers François and Genevieve Barmès are located at Wettolshei...

  • Trimbach

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

  • Domaine Klipfel

    Le Domaine KLIPFEL a été créé en 1824 par Martin KLIPFEL. C’est aujourd’hui une entreprise famili...

  • 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

  • Weinbach is good, as mentioned earlier. And so are so many of the rieslings in the area; glad to see you're enjoying them. Took me a few encounters to adjust to them since I teethed on German rieslings, but very much enjoy their style for a long time now. No one getting on the gewurtz or pinot blanc or even sylvaner bandwagon?Need to remember th... Read More

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  • VV-look's great! Thanks for sharing!  Read More

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  • Still loving the updates, v v.I think Snooth is messing with their system, this weekend.  I am finding it to be painfully slow.  Also, it appears that pictures that are being added, today (v v's, above, and Mjet's, over in another thread) are not displaying. Read More

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  • Yesterday was Kientzheim day. I looked into renting a car for a day trip, ... ... the route des vins d'Alsace, not near as big as Ribeauville but still a cool place with a couple restaurants and a number of wineries.   After an enjoyable lunch we headed out for our 2:30 pm appt. at Domaine Paul Blanck. Folks around here don't fool around with ... Read More

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  • Man - those pics are excellent - having a blast no doubt. Read More

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  • EMARK - This is from Vins d'Alcase:The wines of AOC Alsace, in which the grape variety typically appears on the label, are comprised of 100% of that varietal. Where not indicated, the wine is typically a blend of several grape varietals, sometimes called “Edelzwicker” or “Gentil”, or bearing a brand name. I had a few with the "Gentil"on the labe... Read More

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  • Very interesting trip and lots of fun I bet! Read More

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  • Emark, we were told today that Alsatian wines are 100% of the grape variety on the label, none of this 75% stuff here. Edelzwicker is a white blend which can be any combo of whites.We had a great time in Ribeauville today. One thing that really struck me on the bus ride from Colmar was the vastness of the vineyards. It's hard to convey in a pict... Read More

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  • Sounds like you are having a good time. Alsace is a part of France I have not been to.Enjoy yourselvesd Read More

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  • Excellent, v v.  Thanks.Here's a question for you, or anybody else. ... ... in my understandingthat Alsace AOC rules require that the grape type be specified on the wine label with the exception blends which are labeled "Edelzwicker?&quo Read More

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