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 »

Mentor for Alsace Wines

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).

View Profile » View Top Lists »

View More

Popular wines made in Alsace under $20

Find local availability for these wines:Submit

Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • 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...

Subregions of Alsace

Popular Wineries in Alsace View all

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Domaine Marcel Deiss

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

  • Jean Geiler

    Founded in 1926, the winery offers you a wide range of top-quality Alsace wines, from varietal wi...

  • Albert Mann

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

  • François Baur

    Situated at the end of the valley of Munster, itself overlooking the town of Turckheim, the area ...

Page 1 of 144

Alsace on Snooth

  • Pfaff Pinot Gris Tradition 2013

    Snoothrank:

    The Pfaff Pinot Gris is a worthy quaff - especially if you are eating shellfish or light meat entrees. It is off-dry, with an apricot nose and slightly confit-oriented apricot-peach flavour dominating the entry. Good summer sipper that won a gold medal in 2014. 86 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Have to say that the majority of the PG we had in Alsace was really good, unfortunately, I haven't found any of those here in the States. Checking my tasting notes we have had some fairly decent Gris from Willamette and since we'll be there for the week of the 4th, we can do some more in depth analysis. I have also had a Balletto and an Arista f... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • The Alto Adige is where I was talking about having had good pinot grigio ... ... rose made from pinot gris in Alsace, though I don't know why I haven't hunted one down before.Here's a bottle of oeil de perdrix:And here's a bottle of ramato where you can see the more burnished tinge, though there are definitely ramatos that are pinker than this... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • Haven't read Mike's blogpiece yet, but am with you OT, and my response ... however, exist. Good ones in Alsace, and further north towards the Alps in Italy, so it seems to need cooler climes. The mass-produced plonk you see in too many places starting with the Veneto is truly yawnworth Read More

    Forum post in the topic Is Pinot Grigio Underrated?


  • Kuhlmann-Platz Gewurztraminer 2014

    Snoothrank:

    This Hunawihr Gewurztraminer is very tasty; an off-dry, apple-cinnamon flavoured quaff with a very noticeable scent of (wild) rosewater. Very easy drinking and one of the few wines I would recommend with most San Francisco-style Chinese, Thai and even Sushi (sans wasabi). Worth seeking out for the price 87 points. Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


  • Domaine Schlumberger Domaines Schlumberger Pinot Gris 'Les Princes Abbes' France 2009

    Snoothrank:

    No written review

    Wine review by martins2002


  • It may have been a case where you only get a few choices:  CheesePepperoniSausageOnions & PepperAll these are pre-made and refrigerated.  A robot grabs the one you select, nukes it and puts it in the slot for you to take.Or, maybe there's a man behind a curtain.  Ignore him. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • No 'onion tarts' in the restaurants? Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • EM, lots and lots of tarte flambee to be had.  Just about every Alsatian restaurant had it on the menu and we enjoyed quite a few variations during our trip. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


  • Emark, I wanted to but we saw that dispensing machine when we were on a tour. We didn't see any others on our walks. I'm very curious to know if you can specify toppings, crust and cheese or if you just get what they have queued up.DM, the small towns were definitely a pleasure to stroll through. We passedthrough Riquewihr but didn't stop. We di... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Trip Report - Alsace France


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

    Comment by 512470PatriciaBruhn 512470 PatriciaBruhn


  • New image uploaded to this page.

    Page modification by 71518winescribbler 71518 winescribbler


  • Description added for this page.

    Page modification by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


1 2 3 4 5  ...  144 next




View larger map



Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Recent Forum PostsView all


Alsace wine ratings and reviews





Snooth Media Network