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alsace vineyardAh, the romance, the beauty - the wine!

Welcome to white wine country.

Alsace is a French region with an international culture and world class vintages. The main draw for wine lovers is the Alsace wine route or Route des Vins which runs for 170 kilometers along the foothills of the Vosges.

This breathtakingly beautiful tour features vineyards, forests, ruins of medieval castles, Strasbourg and other cities surrounded by old ramparts, flowered lanes, Roman churches and, of course, plenty of cafes and restaurants serving the finest wines of Alsace.


Vines growing in the warm, dry climate of the hillsides of Alsace produce seven types of wines: Riesling, Pinot Blanc, Tokay Pinot Gris, Muscat, Sylvaner, and Gewürztraminer. There is also Pinot Noir, an usual variety that is more a blush than a red.

Along with the premium sparkling white Reisling is the major draw of Alsace, a dry and strongly aromatic variety that is a world away from the semi-dry or sweet varieties you're used to. Slightly sweeter? Try the the Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.

For a special occasion, toast with Alsace's own Crémant d’Alsace -- an excellent sparkling wine produced using the same methods as in Champagne


More information about Alsace wines and wineries around the Web:

 

Alsace Wine Route - Check out a clickable map, information, and related resources..

An Alsatian at the Table - From Star Chef's, this is a delightful essay on the pairing of food with the wines of Alsace. The article covers the basics of the region, the labels and the grapes with links to recipes that are designed to showcase the wines such as Tom Condron’s House Smoked Trout and Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cakes with a Cracked Mustard Sauce.

Alsace Wine Guide - The Wine Doctor does a very nice presentation of the wines of Alsace with a map of the villages and vineyards, detailed information on the wine styles and links to individual wineries as well as to a section on the Grand Cru Vineyards. Put this together with the tasting notes and wine reviews that are the signature of the Wine Doctor site and you'll see why this is a must visit for anyone serious about Alsatian wines.

Official site of the Alsace Wine Committee - Discover information on grape varieties (Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Tokay Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Gewurztraminer), and excellent presentations of work in the vineyards and the winemaking process, the Wine Route and Alsace Wine Trails as well guides to tourist festivals and wine fairs.

Visit Alsace - Here's the main tourism site which offers a virtual tour of the Alsace region encompassing he foods, history and culture of the region.

 

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