Alsace, France

Alsace is France’s most easternmost wine region. Once part of Germany, it produces wines with a French touch from regional varietals. Despite its contested history, with storybook villages, its spectacular wines embody 100% French strength and expression.

The beautiful crossroads of France and Germany

Wine, Food, Culture

Strasbourg – Strasbourg, is the capital of Alsace. This beautiful city, with its views of the Rhine River, the current border with Germany.  Our experienced guides will take you to the bakeries, delicatessens, restaurants and wine bars, “Weinstubben”, that make Alsace so special.  And of course, the great architectural sites starting with the majestic cathedral.

The Alsace wine route – The “wine road” in Alsace winds through the villages that produce  the greatest wines of the region.  And it is a magic road. Our guides will take you from winery to winery and from restaurant to restaurant in each of the important villages.  

Colmar – Strasbourg is the formal capital of Alsace, the seat of the government.  The seat of power.  Colmar, however,  is the wine capital of Alsace. All of the great vineyards and wineries  in Alsace look to Colmar as their city.  Our tours will take you to Colmar and to the great vineyards and wineries that see Colmar (not Strasbourg) as their home city.

Wine in Alsace
The white grape varieties grown in Alsace are not found in any other of France.
Muscat, Sylvaner, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Riesling produce bracing dry wines with aromatics that bring to mind roses, cinnamon and smoke.
They are among the most food-friendly wines in the world and can be paired with fish, seafood, poultry, pork, veal and all kinds of charcuterie. There are also tremendous dessert wines produced from these grapes, late harvest (vendange tardive) or by picking only the ripest, botrytized grapes as in Germany and in Sauternes (selection de grains nobles). Pinot Noir is also grown and produces a delicate, delightful red. And Alsace sparking wines, called Cremant d’Alsace, are among the best sparkling wines made in France. Softer than Champagne with the lovely flavors of the local grape
varieties. An exceptional aperitif wine.

Food in Alsace
Like the wines, the foods of Alsace are unique to the region, not found elsewhere. A
blend of German ingredients and recipes adapted with French savoir faire and flair.
Among the most well-known and most delicious are:

Prepared pickled cabbage (sour kraut) is served with pork shoulder, sausage, ham knuckles, smoked ham, bacon and potatoes. Not for those with a small appetite!

 A delicious and filling stew with three different meats, potatoes, carrots, onions and leeks. Perfect for a cold winter lunch!

Coq au Riesling
The Alsace version of Coq au Vin with white wine instead of red.Riesling of course!

Tarte Flambee
A thin crust “pizza” with onions and crème fraiche. A perfect snack or a first course.

This cake made with flour, butter, nuts and milk can be prepared as a dessert or as a savory dish with bacon. Delicious both ways!

Fruit tarts
Along with grapes, Alsace is famous for its stone fruits, plums, apricots and cherries. And from these wonderful eaux-de-vie (brandies) are made. White and fiery.
The fruits also are made into delicious tarts perfect with a sweet Alsace wine.

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in Alsace

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