Wine Tours of
the ALSACE Region of France
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 my 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.
Or, as on a recent trip when we based ourselves in a central wine village and took 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 kms 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 kms 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 , had 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 wine).
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 I have chosen three that show a snapshot of the
range. One small winery, Fernand Ziegler; a medium winery, Domaine Sipp Mack; and the local "gaint"
wine cooperative, Cave Vinicole de Hunawihr.
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 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 my recommendation!
Michel DIETRICH -
3, rue des Ours
Tel: 03 88 92 41 31 Fax : 03 88 92 62 88
Cave Vincole de HUNAWIHR
- Cave Vincole de Hunawihr is a co-operative of 110 growers from 200 ha of foothill-vineyards of
the Muschelkalk and the Keuper. They produce a full range of wines from Alsacian 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 Sauterne 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
Tel: 03 89 73 61 67
Fax: 03 89 73 33 95
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
+33 (0)3 89 73 61 88
+33 (0)3 89 73 36 70
Alsace Wine Tours
Would you like to discover the Alsace that most wine tourists miss?
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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.
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