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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  • Lucien Albrecht

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

  • 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...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

    Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss exists on that intriguing fault line between deeply traditional and the...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • 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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  • 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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