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...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Bestheim

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Trimbach

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

  • Louis Sipp

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

  • François Baur

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Thanks, VV.  Keep up the posts.  Looking like a lot of fun. Read More

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  • Nice start so far, hope Trimbach doesn't disappoint! Read More

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  • I'm starting this thread in order to drop a few notes and pics of the wine ... wine related portions of our Alsace trip. We're here with two other couples and although we have consumed a fair amount only a small portion of this trip is centered on wine. The first problem we encountered was the lack of rental cars due to the railway workers str... Read More

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  • Well it's 4:30 pm here in Colmar, Alsace so we popped this Wolfberger Grand Cru Riesling with some local cheese and a fresh baquette.  Neat city, a slight bit touristy but  not as much as Strasbourg. Heading to Ribeauville tomorrow and then to Kientzheim Friday for wine tastings.Our apartment is the two floors with the blue windows, a five minut... Read More

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  • DMCKER - Have limited exposure to no's. 1 & 4 but I love both 2 &3.  Now I have to do wine seacher thing for #5.  I thank you, my wife - TBD.  Paul Read More

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  • My first five would be:Domaine Zind-HumbrechtMaison TrimbachHugel & ... do ... do like their Cremant d'Alsace) et al. would come after.As an interesting change of pace you could also pop into Distillerie Miclo. They make some particularly interesting eau de vie. And don't forget to try plenty of local cuisine, including charcuterie, tarte flam... Read More

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  • DM, I chose Alsace, the CFO did some more research and Colmar seemed very nice, centrally located and big enough to have plenty of amenities. We're going with two other couples so we'll be doing a lot of exploring as well as two days of wine-centric activities. We've contracted with a tours by locals guide to take us around on Sunday with visits... Read More

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  • For a sec, I thought Panos was back here posting. Can recall him posting Burgundy trip reports just before the region started to catch fire on WB. Read More

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  • So why Colmar as opposed to, say, Riquewihr? Where else are you going during ... de L'Ill, in Illhausern, Alsace. A couple of Michelin stars:  http://www.auberge-de-l-ill.com/V2/... .  Best winelist of Alsatian choices I can remember seeing anywhere. &nbs Read More

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  • Found this thread while doing some research for our upcoming trip. We'll be ... ... be spending a week in Alsace, staying in Colmar and doing day trips out and about. We'll be travelling with two other couples, two days are going to be dedicated solely to wine exploration. I've hired a tours by locals guide early on and am planning a 2nd day e... Read More

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