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