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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Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Alsace View all

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

  • Louis Sipp

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

  • Albert Boxler

    Albert Boxler is a 300-year-old family winery in the small town of Niedermorschwihr. The domaine ...

  • Trimbach

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

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

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

  • Jean Geiler

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

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  • NDDAVE,When you say ham, all I can think is pinot!  But being a finicky ... a good recommendation.  Alsace Riesling tends to be a bit more dry (less sugar) than German Rieslings.  Since she tends toward sweeter wines, I would err toward the German end of things.  But what would be fun, is to blind taste a trocken riesling (dry german), sweeter... Read More

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  • Albrecht Cremant d'Alsace Brut Rose' NV


    A little incense and spice greets the nose followed by hints of cranberry fruit and a touch of golden apple with a slight mineral accent. Very smooth and soft in the mouth with subtle cranberry and strawberry flavors up front yielding to more typical apple and earthy yeasty flavors on the backend. Just a touch sweet and attractively firm on the ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Domaine Mittnacht Cremant d'Alsace NV


    Mineral, fresh and yeasty with sweet herbal nuance on the nose with lovely hints of butter cookies and a touch of fennel seed spice on the nose. Starting out fairly dry in the mouth, this does gain a gentle sweetness on the midpalate displaying attractive sweet/tart apple and pear fruits with a little powdered sugar accent to the butter cookie n... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Pierre Sparr Cremant d'Alsace Rose Brut 1988


    Apples along with a bit of sweet cinnamon spice greet the nose followed by floral accents and a low touch of dried meatiness and candlewax. Round, relatively large scaled and moderately fruity in the mouth, this feels supple yet bright with a hint of raspberries playing off the core of slightly citrussy pith accented pear fruit. Gentle touches o... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Mumm Rose Brut NV


    Two years on leesA little creamy on the nose and filled with aromas of strawberry shortcake and almond cookies with some sweetly spicy top notes. True to the nose this is a little creamy on entry, with earthy red apple peel flavors and subtle creamy accents on the palate then this drops off on finish. A little short and simple. 85pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • Albert Mann Pinot Blanc Blend Alsace Aoc Pinot Blanc Auxerrois 2011


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    Wine review by cathpark

  • Domaine Maurice Schoech Cotes d'Ammerschwihr 2011


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    Wine review by paramedic

  • Pfaffenheim Pinot Gris Alsace Aoc 2010


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    Wine review by sergefourcand

  • Pierre Sparr Riesling 2011


    Light straw bright, lemon pulp, green apple, flowers; arrives bright and rich across the mouth with soft minerality. Read More

    Wine review by InWineTruth

  • If you were a big commercial operation, I would advise against taking out the ... ... only finds in wines from Alsace, although it's grown elsewhere. It's confusing because the term Pinot Blanc actually includes Auxerrois, even though the two grapes aren't related, so Deiss, for example, sells a Pinot Blanc that's actually entirely Auxerrois. ... Read More

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