Wine Tours in France - Alsace
An excellent way to explore the wines of the beautiful Alsace region is to take a tour with
Agnès and Arnaud offer a range of tours helping their guests to explore the wine, food and culture of this distinctive region.
If you’re staying in Paris and would like to explore a French wine region, Alsace is a great choice and l’Alsaciette can help you organise train travel from Paris to Colmar, hotels, etc.
Transport, vineyard tours, wine and food tastings are all included in their tour price, along with a delicious lunch. So you can just sit back and enjoy it!
A tour with l’Alsaciette in their comfortable minibuses will give you the chance to meet up with like-minded wine lovers.
Longer private tours and organic tours can also be organised if you have more time to spare.
Tour prices start at €79 per person.
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While you’re in Alsace, why not take a Segway tour of the vineyards around Eguisheim?
We highly recommend
Oenotourismus Segway Alsace
Pierre and his team offer tours every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for groups of between 2 and 25 people. Tours last between one and two and a half hours, including either a glass of Crémant d’Alsace in the vineyards or a wine tasting. Prices start at €30 per head.
Eguisheim is one of the most beautiful villages in Alsace and on your visit you can see the typical narrow winding streets and distinctive architecture of the region.
If you’re staying in Paris, or in Colmar, Oenotourismus can help you arrange train travel, hotels etc. – no need to hire a car. There are TGV trains from Paris Gare de l’Est, some direct to Colmar, some via Strasbourg https://en.oui.sncf/en/
If you want to fly to the region, the closest airport is the Euroairport in Mulhouse/Basel (https://www.euroairport.com/en/
45 minutes drive from Colmar), Easyjet fly there.
Oenotourismus can also organise longer private Alsace vineyard tours, by bicycle or by car – just get in touch and let them know what you would like to do!
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Route des Vins d'Alsace - the most romantic wine route in the world?
Planning a wine tour in the ALSACE
Want to experience Alsace wine? In our opinion you have two options.
Firstly you can do the 170-kilometre Route du Vins by starting in the north at Marlenheim and progressively work your way down through the wine villages stopping along the way until you reach Thann - that was how we did our first Alsace wine trip.
Secondly, as we did on a recent trip, you can base yourself in a central wine village and take in the local vineyards and wineries within a 20-kilometre drive. In fact about 15 wineries were within staggering distance of our accommodation. The village actually consisted of winemakers houses and the accommodation was an ex winery.
A tour through the ALSACE WINE ROUTE
We started our Alsace wine route in Obernai. An attractive city with lovely parks and buildings. A side trip to Mont Sainte-Odile. A former monastery dedicated to the 720 AD Sainte Odile, it sits on a rocky plateau high in the Vosges mountains at 763 metres above the plain of Alsace. A great view out over the foothills and plain to the Rhine River.
One of the 38 producers in the wine village of Dambach-la-Ville, the Dietrich winery is in the heart of the village. Their grapes come from small family-owned parcels of land scattered round the village, including Frankstein Grand Cru classification plots. Sophie is a delightful hostess and she offered a full range of excellent Alsace wines and our tastings included Sylvaner, Rieslings and Muscat
The "tourist capital" of the region, Riquewihr is surrounded by the Grand Cru vineyards of Sporen and Schoenenbourg. This medieval city is famous for its wines and gastronomy - yes we tasted the wines and enjoyed lunch!
A pleasant wine village, with a tourist aspect, situated 5 kilometres south of Colmar. The village is surrounded by vineyards including the Grand Cru vineyards of Eichberg and Pfersighereg. Wine has been made here since fourth century when Romans first planted vines here.
Situated 20 kilometres north-west of Mulhouse, it was the most southern Alsace wine village we visited. Domaines Schlumberger is one of the most historic vineyards in the area. Tours of the cellars are offered upon request, but it is a good idea to call ahead and determine if a tour is feasible. Visitors may also view the vineyards and the tasting rooms.
A ONE DAY HUNAWIHR TOUR—Premier Cru vineyards, vineyard walk, lunch & award-winning Chateau visits
The village, Hunawihr, has wineries producing excellent expressions of the whole A.O.C. Alsace and Grand Cru range - Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Muscat; A.O.C. Alsace Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir plus Cremant and specifics by way of Vendanges Tardives (late-harvest dessert wines) and Selection de Grains Nobles (botrytis wines).
Add in the "tourist" wine villages of Riquewihr, Ribeauville and a bit further on Eguisheim, and other wine villages such as Zellenberg, Beblenheim, Bennwihr and Mitelwihr and you have more wineries than you could ever expect to sample in a month!
Out of the 15 wineries available in Hunawihr we have chosen three that show a snapshot of the range. One small winery, Fernand Ziegler; a medium winery, Domaine Sipp Mack; and the local "giant" wine cooperative, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr.
This one day tour in the Hunawihr of the Alsace took in;
Learning about the appellation system and about the vineyards
Exploring the vineyard with the owner
Visiting 3 award-winning Chateaux with wine tastings
Relaxing with our hosts & sampling cellared local wines
Tasting outstanding Grand Cru & Premier Cru wines
ALSACE WINE TOUR RECOMMENDED VINEYARDS
- Details - in the wine village of Dambach-la-Ville, their winery is in the heart of the village. Their grapes come from small family-owned parcels of land scattered round the village, including Frankstein Grand Cru classification plots. Sophie is a delightful hostess and she offered a full range of excellent Alsace wines and our tastings included Sylvaner, Rieslings and Muscat.
- Comments - Reviewed:
Riesling 2005 Grand Cru Frankstein - a true Grand Cru Riesling with delightful aromas of mineral and fruit, complexity and the balance of a great Riesling. Gourmands will enjoy it with foie gras or rich creamy chicken or fish dishes.
Muscat d'Alsace 2005 Grand Cru Frankstein - A great Muscat. Grapey on the nose with fresh fruit tastes and yet in balance with an elegance rarely found in muscats. A wine to be savoured as an aperitif. At 9.00€ it is a real bargain. Hachette 2008 also agree with this recommendation!
Michel DIETRICH -
3, rue des Ours
Domaine SIPP MACK
- Jacques Sipp, the winemaker, while offering a full and varied range of AOC Alsace wines, specialises in quality Grand Cru Rieslings. Every wine reflects attention to detail and wine-making skill, however Jacques endorses the notion that the wine is "made" in the vineyard and "nurtured" in the winery.
We tasted the Riesling range from the excellent 2006 Riesling Traditional (a delightful wine with fresh citrus tones and dry finish on the palate) through to the blockbuster 2005 Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker, plus a number of excellent yet to be bottled and released Rieslings.
- Wines Reviewed: Sipp Mack Riesling Grand Cru Rosacker 16.20€. A huge Riesling with aromas of almonds and mineral. The palate is long and complex with tones of ripe fruit and pepper. The finish is perfectly balanced. A great Riesling and the same has been acknowledged by leading wine writers such as Guide Hachette and Vin du Monde de Hugh Johnson Guide.
Laura & Jacques Sipp
Domaine Sipp Mack
1 rue des Vosges
Alsace Wine Tours
Would you like to discover the Alsace that most wine tourists miss? Explore vineyards and learn about the appellation system, taste exceptional Riesling & Pinot Gris, visit the delightful caves of a grand cru classé ... Alsace Wine Tours offers a personally guided tour of the wine villages of Alsace. This tour is available all year round. Reservation required.
Alsace Wine Tours means:
- - Deep wine knowledge
- - Local knowledge and contacts
- - Fantastic French food
- - A guide fluent in English & French
Visit the Contact Us page for more information
Cave Vincole de HUNAWIHR
- Cave Vincole de Hunawihr is a co-operative of 110 growers from 200 hectares of foothill-vineyards of the Muschelkalk and the Keuper. They produce a full range of wines from Alsatian grape varieties.
- Wines - Reviewed:
Cave Vincole de Hunawihr Pinot Gris Sigille Confreie Saint-Etienne 2004 7.55€. We tasted the whole Pinot Gris range from the Reserve to the Grand Cru Rosacker. Each wine was distinctive with the Pinot Gris characteristics of peaches and almond fruit evident. At the top of the range they are more complex and carry more sugar. The Sigille Confreie Saint-Etienne 2004 is a great wine to enjoy either in a shady courtyard pre-dinner, or with a meal. Gently aromatic with tones of almonds and on the palate smooth and delightful. At 13% alcohol it has a well-balanced body and pleasant after-taste.
Cave Vincole de Hunawihr Pinot Gris selection de Grains Nobles 42.80€. No, you don't have to go the Sauternes region to taste a really classy botryised wine. This award-winning dessert wine is all class with delightful fruit aromas and a complex finish. All one needed was a serving of Foie Gras for perfection.
Cave Vincole de Hunawihr
48, Route de Ribeauville
B.P. 68150 HUNAWIHR