Wine Tours in France - Alsace
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
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
Domaine SIPP MACK
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.
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