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 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

  • Dopff & Irion

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

  • Domaine Weinbach

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

  • Seppi Landmann

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

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

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

  • Jean Geiler

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

  • Domaine Bott Frères

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

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Alsace on Snooth

  • For a sec, I thought Panos was back here posting. Can recall him posting Burgundy trip reports just before the region started to catch fire on WB. Read More

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  • So why Colmar as opposed to, say, Riquewihr? Where else are you going during ... de L'Ill, in Illhausern, Alsace. A couple of Michelin stars:  http://www.auberge-de-l-ill.com/V2/... .  Best winelist of Alsatian choices I can remember seeing anywhere. &nbs Read More

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  • Found this thread while doing some research for our upcoming trip. We'll be ... ... be spending a week in Alsace, staying in Colmar and doing day trips out and about. We'll be travelling with two other couples, two days are going to be dedicated solely to wine exploration. I've hired a tours by locals guide early on and am planning a 2nd day e... Read More

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  • Mjet's tasting of the B/R Compagni Portis inspired me to pull this one out, ... be called an Edelzwicker in Alsace?This is teriffic wine. Very flowery nose--orange blossoms.  Flavors of various tree fruits are my first taste sensations.  Clearly, I am getting a storng suggestion of apricot, but there is also some sort of citrus there--let's say... Read More

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  • It is interesting how major expenditures tend to bunch up. Oh, I did mention ... June Lake Como, Italy/Alsace, France trip we've already planned and purchased.  Goodbye bonus, goodbye tax refund, goodbye savings account,... but what the heck, it's only money and we know how to make more - in the meantime we're spending the kids inheritance.  R... Read More

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  • Michel Leon Cremant d'Alsace Brut Ltr

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  • Just a quick update on tonight's activities.  I managed to squeeze in ... 2013 Koenig Riesling from Alsace tastes a bit like gasoline.  I don't know how she detects that, but I find I taste pear and we both agree on green apple too.  This isn't a dirt cheap Riesling but it looks like a $10 one.  Anyway, it's not bad really and at least it isn'... Read More

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  • @ DMCKER: I have been to Burgundy and love the Pinots. Also like the german ... some decent ones from the Alsace as well. But you are absolutely right, I should concentrate on the wines they do best at the Loire. So Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Malbec and Cabernet Franc it will be...I am not quite sure yet  if I am going to do the trip to Na... Read More

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  • Yeah, where did anyone get the idea the food was Indian? Gewurz is much ... and Pinot Gris.  Two Alsace Grand Crus can also blend them with Pinot Gris.  We're drinking something later this week that includes those and a few more.  Can't remember the name of it because my wife bought it.  Guess what we are having it with?  Spicy Asian foo Read More

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  • Domaine Ostertag Riesling Fronholz 2012

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

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