Alsace Wineries, Alsace Map, French Wine Vineyards
Alsace is a quite unique from the rest of France.
The region has been heavily influenced by its close neighbour, Germany, in everything from architecture to food.
The region has in fact been a battleground since Roman times and has been occupied twice by Germany in the past century; you can still find the ruins of France’s only Nazi concentration camp, Le Struthof-Natzweiler, near the town of Rosenwiller.
The most famous Alsace wine routes are near the town of Colmar, south of Strasbourg.
Alsace is a cheerful and friendly place (not to mention the Alsace wineries!)
Colourful Alsace Village
Alsace Route du Vin, French Wine Vineyards
The vineyards of Alsace are some of the oldest in France. The wine region of Alsace is one of the smallest and is less well known than Burgundy or Bordeaux so is often missed by tourists who head south instead.
The Route du Vin is a wine trail that takes you through pretty countryside, historic walled villages and gothic churches. There are hundreds of producers here, mostly small and family run, who welcome visitors.
Alsace is known mainly for white wines. Alsace wines are known by the type of grape that is used: primarily Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, or Pinot Gris.
Some of the most popular towns include Riquewihr, Ribeauvillé and Kaysersberg – picture-perfect, with brightly painted, timbered homes dating from the 16th and 17th centuries and flowers everywhere. Expect lots of tourists though, and these towns can verge on being a little too ‘twee’.
If you’d like to sample wines in charming, quieter villages that have a more ‘genuine’ feel and with less crowds, you could try Gueberschwihr, Hunawihr and Mittelbergheim.
Here are some Alsace wineries you could visit for tastings:
10 place de la Mairie
8 rue Basse
1 rue des Vosges
28 Route de Ribeauvillé
12 rue Deharbe
Domaine André Rieffel
11 rue Principale
(We’d advise calling before you go before making a special trip to visit these wineries.)
We’ve included a map of Alsace so you can see roughly where the wine trail is in relation to Strasbourg.