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

  • 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 Grigio

    History of the grape: Pinot Gris was planted in Burgundy, France as far back as the 1300s. It then spread through Eur...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • 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

Popular Wineries in Alsace View all

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Domaine Zind-humbrecht

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

  • Dopff & Irion

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

  • Château d'Orschwihr

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

  • Gustave Lorentz

    One can't be a winemaker without passion: the severity of the elements, the limitless work requir...

  • Kuehn

    On the 5th March 1926, thirty six vine-growers from Ingersheim and neighbouring villages were fac...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Arthur Metz Pinot Blanc Alsace 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • Hugel et Fils Pinot Noir Alsace Aoc Jubilee 2003

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    I bought a bottle of this wine from the website ... I got it for only one pound. Alsace is an AOC producing mainly white wines [although this one is a red ] in the east of France by the German border. Indeed,at some periods of history it was part of Germany and therefore the wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Vin d'Alsace A.Zirnhelt Gewurztraminer 2009

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    I bought this bottle of wine for £5 from a shop in North London that was closing down. Alsace is an AOC 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 wines are not dissimilar to those on the other side of the Rhine. AOC rules dictate a tall thin ... Read More

    Wine review by duncan 906


  • Pinot Bianco Terlan 1966

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    Clean and bright with dried citrus aromas that are rather fruity on the nose! This shows a lovely texture on the palate. A bit simple and a bit spicy, yet with great energy to the quince and tart apple fruit. It gains some breadth on the palate but remains a bit lean offering a delicate yet intense feel rich with river stone and steel accents fr... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Terlan Pinot Bianco "Rarity" 1979

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    Stony on the nose with aromas of white peach, white flowers, and a hint of dusty, peppery spice. Bright and gorgeous on entry with notes of candied apricot, waxy fruit, and nectarine skin. This is a touch more rustic on the palate, showing a bit of astringency, but at the same time it exhibits such purity of fruit and a long, remarkably clear f... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pierre Sparr Alsace One 2010

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    Middle of the road - went well with Mexican food. Not much in terms of distinctive aromas. Light on the palate, medium acidity. No long finish. Read More

    Wine review by icbang


  • Antinori Tignanello 2010

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    I was very delighted by the Deep Color and rich nose on first spill. ** The wine seemed to be enjoyed from the bottle but was asked to be decanted-. I am sure the wine became richer by the moment. Deep and ready to drink now. Enjoy. Mille Gratis Antinori Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • Rieflé Alsace Bonheur Convivial Pinot Gris 2010

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    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • I've tasted an entry level Turgy product and really liked it for the money. ... variants of Cremant d'Alsace are an easy recommendation.&nbs Read More

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  • Pfaffenheims Alsace Grand Cru Steinert Gewürztraminer 2009

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    A huge, juicy gewürztraminer!!! Intensely fragarent nose that explodes with notes of lychee, white flowers, and slight notes of banana. More of the same on the palate - a rich tropical fruit cocktail. Good acidity. Dry to off dry - sweeter and fuller bodied than the crisper, cool climate, new world gewürztraminer to which I'm more accustomed. Read More

    Wine review by JenniferT


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

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