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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Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • 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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  • Dirler-Cade

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Seppi Landmann

    Seppi Landmann’s winery is located 15km to the south of Colmar, in the village of Soultzmatt in t...

  • Bestheim

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Anybody whose "best ever" wine is Cakebread, gets my immediate ... ... ... mostly from Germany and Alsace, can have any level of sugar.  Ask for guidance from one of the clerks in the wine store that you found.  Try to explain what level of sweetness or dryness you are seeking and let him/her make some recommendations.  Sorry to say that I su... Read More

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  • I was surprised how little money the Luxembourg wine went for but I am not ... ... a Chasselas but it was from Alsace. It was:-Anne de Laweis Alsace Chasselas Vieilles Vignes 2011I did write up a review on here. I thought it a little bland It is unlikely that Her Majesty's wine is counterfeit:-be a little embarasing to be serving it to visitin... Read More

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  • Richard You ask whether anybody actually drinks DRC.On the occasion of ... it ... ... it to be similar to an Alsace or German reisli Read More

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  • Following Mark's lead from last night and baked some cajun spiced ... Popped an inexpensive Alsace riesling to go with. The fish was good, the riesling not so good.  Very light nose of apricot and a touch of lemon/lime. The palate is more lemon pith, apricot, a touch of ginger and a slight bit of metallic tinge. The acidity is a bit restrained ... Read More

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  • Beblenheim Heimberger Vin d'Alsace Riesling 2012

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    Fair Alsace Riesling. Very light nose of apricot and a touch of lemon/lime. The palate is more lemon pith, apricot, a touch of ginger and a slight bit of metallic tinge. The acidity is a bit restrained for an Alsace and the finish is medium short. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Pierre Arnold Alsace Selection de Grains Nobles Riesling 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Bestheim Alsace Muscat Altereben 2012

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    No written review

    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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    No written review

    Wine review by MrRiesling


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

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