This is part 4 in a series about the French wine regions – most of which were featured in the GotSaga article named “10 Top Wine Destinations in France“, where we went through the most famous regions with a few tips on where to go and what to do in each region. Because of the response from that article, we dive a bit deeper here.
The Alsace region is primarily famous for their white wine, which has many similarities with what you find across the border in Germany. Most wines are made from single grape varietal, and you will certainly find Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer grapes used widely in this usually dry and fruity white wines from Alsace, just like in Germany – and many say they are of higher quality than elsewhere using those varietals.
Visiting Alsace could easily make you feel like as if taking a step back in time, into a German landscape, a few hundred years ago, with the kind of old town house architecture you find all over Germany, quite a few Germanic village names and people being fluent in both languages. The similarities are not strange, considering the area use to be German, and still has a great trade across the border.
If you have an interest in historical sites, there are a few to visit, including the only Nazi concentration camp situated in France, a few ruins of medieval castles and Roman churches along the wine trail, which flows 170 kilometres along the Vosges mountains. You can also pay a visit to Colmar for some Riesling in the Old Town or Strasbourg for a refreshing glass outside the Notre Dame Cathedral.
For the wine lover, I would especially recommend a tour starting in Strasbourg, find a car to rent and don’t miss visits to Trimbach, Geuberschwir or Hunawihr – my personal favorites in the region. There are however hundreds of wine producers in this fairly small region, giving any visitor plenty to choose from.