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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  • 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...

  • 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...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Dopff & Irion

    Clustered around Riquewihr, the 27 hectare vineyard worked by Dopff & Irion is extremely well sit...

  • Albert Mann

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

    The annual cycle of work, parallel with cycle of nature, consists of a number of interventions...

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

  • Domaine Barmes Buecher

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

  • Bestheim

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

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  • Bestheim Alsace Muscat Altereben 2012


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    Wine review by martins2002

  • QUOTEI'm not sure your statement about most French wine regions are ... your reference to Alsace displaying the grape on the label, according to what I have been reading, displaying the grape is typically an indication of a lower classification of wine. I haven't read anything about Alsace classifications so I don't know how they do it up there... Read More

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  • Not criticizing. Just saying that reading old world labels is not nearly as ... others?Somewhat off track, Alsace is one of the more interesting areas.  They grow several different wine-making grapes, and they offer both single-variety bottlings and blended bottlings.  The thing that I find exceptional is the fact that single-variety bottlings... Read More

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  • La Vielle Ferme Red 2013


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Pierre Sparr Gewurztraminer 2011


    Think of Marilyn Monroe in a red cocktail dress. Read More

    Wine review by WilhelmCF

  • Rene Mure Clos Saint Landelin Riesling Grand Cru Vorbourg Alsace Cl 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Clos Saint Landelin Gewürtztraminer 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Rene Mure Riesling Clos Saint Landelin 2012


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    Wine review by MrRiesling

  • Domaine Zind-Humbrecht Alsace Pinot Gris Calcaire 2010


    by the glass at gramercy tavern - strictly ok. Far better than the Reisling. Read More

    Wine review by MTripp

  • OT, the more the merrier and besides, you'll never be lonely.Was planning ... are my notes:Fantastic white Alsace blend of chardonnay and auxerrois. For an '05 this is drinking great right now! Beautiful golden color, nose of creamy lemon pith and honey. On the palate there's more of that creamy lemon cheesecake along with ripe golden deliciou... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

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

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