Alsace Wine and the Alsace Region of France
Alsace wine is grown in the Alsace region of France. (Sometimes the area is referred to as Alsace Lorraine France, which includes the Lorraine region of France; its own region entirely, borders Alsace to the west, less visited by tourists and very beautiful.)
Each Alsace wine is named and comes from one grape variety and must be bottled in the region it was produced. Mostly white, it is rich, sweet and late harvested.
Alsace Wine Varieties:
Route du Vin, the Alsace Wine Road
A beautiful scenic drive of 110miles (180 km) this Alsace country France tour wine goes from Marleheim in the north to Thann at the southern end.
As you drive the Alsace wine road you see where these wines are grown and French wine making in the many caves open to the public.
You can sample the wine for free, eat the traditional choucroute garnie and stop at the picturesque villages of half timbered Medieval and Renaissance houses.
Take up to 3 days or much less if you start in Colmar.
Escape the towns and walk the sentiers viticoles, the paths through the vineyards.
Another beautiful drive is over the Vosges Mountains.
Alsace Wine Road
Ribeauvillé: Famous for its Riesling. On the 1st Sunday in September the town celebrates with a fountain spouting free wine.
Riquewihr: one of the most visited towns in France. Beautiful medieval and renaissance houses. If you get their early in the day you can beat the crowds.
Turckheim: Not touristy and charming with many Renaissance buildings. Famous for its wine brand.
Equisheim: some say it’s the most charming village. Medieval houses. Post WWII modern wine cooperatives where you can see modern wine making methods.
Village Wine Festivals
A Very popular time to visit.
Colmar: 1st 2 weeks in August
Molsheim: May 1st
Guebwiller: Ascension Day
Ribeauvillé: July 14th
The wine harvest festivals in September and October are also great times to visit.
For very leisurely driving use the sentiers viticoles,the scenic wine service lanes.
Driving is not the only way to see this area.
Traveling to Alsace
Train: The TGV from Paris takes 2 hours and 20 minutes.
Once there you can take one of several organized Alsace tours from Colmar or Strasbourg.
Bike: Alsace is one of France’s best biking regions with 2500 miles of bike lanes.
Bring along a good road map of Alsace with a 1:200,000 scale or bigger. Our road map France guide shows you the best options .
Where to Stay
Colmar is a good base to start from to visit the area, Alsace wine road or to drive the Vosges Mountains.
Novotel Colmar is a 5 minute drive from the town center, easy parking and beautiful views of the Vosges Mountains and easy access to the wine route.
Ibis Colmar Centre is close to everything. Ibis hotels are one of my favorite budget hotels in France with good value and comfortable.
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