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

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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  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Muscat

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

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • 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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  • Domaine Weinbach

    At the foot of the majestic Schlossberg hill in Alsace stands one of the finest estates in all of...

  • Bestheim

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

  • Dirler-Cade

    The Dirler family has been producing wine since 1871 in the small Alsace village of Bergholtz, ne...

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Domaine Bott Frères

    Poperty located at the heart of the vineyards with the tradition of growing the finest grape vari...

  • Trimbach

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Famille Hugel Classic Riesling Alsace 2014

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    Classic cool Riesling aromatics with plenty of lemon, stony slate and green apple. Quite dry on the palate, crisp and juicy with a zesty acidity and fruit flavors of lime, grapefruit and green apple. Finishes with a mineral edge and good length. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Good one, Vino, a serious score! Great wine, one of my favorites from Alsace.  :-) Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • These beauties arrived this week, found them on sale on-line at Benchmark ... ... ... the Domaine during our Alsace trip in 2016 and to me their wines were far and away the best we sampled all week, and we sampled a lo Read More

    Forum post in the topic What have you bought lately?


  • Alsace les Faitieres Riesling 2015

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    I bought this bottle of wine from a local wine shop [www.boroughwines.co.uk ] for £12. Alsace is an appellation created in 1962,althogh there has been viticulture here since at least the medieval era,producing mainly white wines in the east of France by the German border. Indeed at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Cleebourg Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc Cuvée Prestige 2014

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hi Dmcker, we're relocating to Thuringia, possibly Erfurt or Jena. Alsace is about 6-7 hours away. Perfect distance for an extra-long weekend away. Thanks for the "welcome" Cora  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Welcome, SSS. Did I misread in the other thread or did you say you'll be living in Alsace soon? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hi Snooth & Fellow wine lovers


  • Cora, here's a link to a trip report I wrote when we visited Alsace last summer, hope you enjoy it.  Most definitely seek out some Alsace Riesling when you get a chance, especially some Grand Cru from a well known producer like Domaine Weinbach or Domaine Zind-Humbrecht. Read More

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  • JD, Mark, great time last night, hope this is just the first of many!Rob, ... ... ... bottle during our entire Alsace trip, tx for rekindling those taste memories JD.I'll also add my applause to the very pleasurable eating establishment.  We commandeered a table of 7 for well over 3 hours on a Friday night (albeit we got there right at opening... Read More

    Forum post in the topic A Few Snoothers @ AR Cucina


  • Peggy and I enjoyed ourselves, very much.There are some very neat people on ... on ... Burgundy.  The Alsace Riesling was, certainly, the fun wine of the evening.  I studied the dessert menu, looking for something that might go with it, settled on Lemon Tiramisu (I never order Tiramisu.) and found the wine to be a good foil to my dessert's ri... Read More

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  • I love the wines from this region, my number 1 favorite!

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