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Alsace produces 150 million bottles a year of great sweet and dry aromatic wines, of which 91% are white. 100% of production is filled in exclusive bottle, protected by law called the flute of Alsace in the region.  There are 3 appellations, AOC Alsace, AOC Alsace Grands Crus, AOC Cremant d'Alsace.

Cremants d’Alsace is the French market leader in AOC sparkling wines outside of Champagne selling 32.9 million bottles a year. It is made with the Medthode Champenoise. It is generally produced here using single grape or blend of several grapes varieties (pinot blanc, riesling, pinot gris, chardonnay, auxerrois and pinot noir). Most Cremant are produced with pinot blanc and rosé with pinot noir.

There are 51 Grand Cru Villages from which only 4 grape varieties are allowed: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer.  The Grand Cru wines are highly influenced by their terroir and their particular aromatic intensity, dominance of mineral notes, delicate salinity, power, and texture on the palate.

Some Alsatian wines are bone dry, some off-dry, some medium sweet and some gloriously, decadently honeyed. Sweetness is measured by the level of residual sugar, RS, left in the wine when fermentation stops. An RS of less than 3 or 4 is bone dry, 10 off dry and above 30 sweet. What's important is the balance between sweetness and acidity.

Join on us on a discovery of some of the best and least known white wines in the world. On a personalised private wine tour you you will enjoy vineyards, top rated wines, mountains, cultural discoveries, and the gastronomic delights on the Alsace Wine Route

Full Day Sample Wine Tours

Wine Lovers Tour departing Strasbourg

Visit 1
Artisanal Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Barr
Visit 2
Artisanal Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Andalau
Local lunch
Visit 3
Artisanal Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Mittlebergheim
Visit 4
Fernand Engel Grand Cru (90 - 94 point) Tasting near Bergheim

Great Estate Wine Lovers Tour departing Colmar

Visit 1
Visit & multi tasting at Domaine Schlumberger or Cattin
Local Lunch
Visit 2
Artisanal Vineyard Visit & Tasting in Andalau
Visit 3
Tasting at a family vineyard awarded best Gewürztraminer in the World

Domaines Schlumberger

Schlumberger produces 700,000 bottles per year from their own harvest of 140 hectares, with 70 hectares classified as Grands Crus composed of 4 “terroirs” of Guebwiller : Kitterlé, Kessler, Saering, Spiegel situated on the steep hillsides of the Vosges. A team of masons mend and maintain 50 kms of dry stone walls throughout the year, which reduces natural erosion of the soil. The land is ploughed by 4 Franc-Comtois horses, which do not suffer from Vertigo. The wines are aged in 120 antique oak casks plus over 80 stainless steel vats allowing strict selection by plots and production if rare cuvées. so freshness and fruit are perfectly maintained.

Joseph Cattin

Located in Voegtlinshoffen, Cattin is the largest family owned and operated winery in Alsace since 1720. They own more than 65 hectares  in each AOC around Voegtlinshoffen, Steinbach and Colmar, including the Grand Cru Hatschbourg vineyard  The Hatschbourg Grand Cru Riesling 2018 was awarded 92 points by Wine Enthusiast. Their Steinbach winery, is dedicated to the production of their renowned sparkling wines; namely Cremant, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. They also age their top wines french oak barrels.


Wolfberger is a major producer in the Alsace wine landscape and around the world with around 3 acres of vineyards, more than 10% of the Alsatian vineyards, and 13,000 parcels of land. 450 member winegrowers and produce 13 million bottles of Alsace wine, Grands Crus, specialities and exclusivities, cremants, and eaux-de-vie. Pinot Blanc known in Alsace since the 16th century covers 22% of the Wolfberger vineyards and is the second most important variety after Riesling. The grapes are gathered in vineyards situated above Eguisheim and in surrounding villages. The oenologist at Wolfberger is Bertrand Praz formerly worked at Champagne Mumm.

Maison Trimbach

12 generations of winemakers have built a solid reputation for excellence world wide at Maison Trimbach. While the Trimbach family extols the virtues of all Alsace grape varieties, their true passion lies with Riesling as its unequalled fruitiness, finesse, elegance make it the finest white wine in the world! The Trimbach estate cover 40 hectares and stretch over more than 50 parcels and 6 villages, including Bergheim, Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr.


Riesling  World class dry fruity white wines with citrus aromas and floral notes. Pairs well with sauerkraut, white meats and seafood. In Vendanges Tardives or Sélection de Grains Nobles pairs well with dessert. Produced in a variety of styles from dry to sweet

Gewurztraminer  A full-bodied wine powerful aromas of citrus, spice and exotic fruits.  When sweet pairs well with desserts, strong cheeses and exotic cuisines.

Sylvaner  Dry, light and fresh wines with a subtle floral & citrus flavor. Pairs with seafood and cold red meats.

The Muscat  Dry wine with a peppery sensation, mixed with powerful aromas of fresh grapes and fruits. It can be enjoyed as an aperitif and is a perfect match for asparagus.

Pinot Gris  A full-bodied, round and balanced wine with complex aromas, which match well with foie gras.


Sheltered by the Vosges Mountains and exposed to maximum sunshine, the Ribeauvillé fault line offers a rich mosaic of soil and sedimentary rocks such as sandstone, limestone and marl. These natural assets provide the perfect conditions for an array of aromatic grape varieties. It has with one of the lowest rainfalls in France which reduces the risk of rot. It has a semi-continental climate which is sunny, warm and dry days and cold nights during the autumn, perfect conditions for slow and extended grape ripening.


Strasbourg is situated at the eastern border of France with Germany delineated by the Rhine river.  The architecture and decorations bear witness to the political, social and cultural change, with the town’s status changing from a free city of the Holy Roman Empire to a free city of the Kingdom of France. Between 362 and 1262, Strasbourg was governed by the bishops of Strasbourg before a rebellion created a free imperial city. It became French in 1681, after the conquest of Alsace by Louis XIV. In 1871, after the Franco-Prussian War, the city became German once more and rebuilt as a Neue Stadt, until 1918 when it reverted to France then back to German control in 1940 and back again to France after WWII.  Strasbourg played an important part in Protestant Reformation, and German Christian mysticism both able to make good use of the city's central role in Europe as one of the first centres of printing (e.g. Johannes Gutenberg).

Colmar is a picturesque storybook town and filled with myths, legends and a troubled past filled with occupation troops from Germany, Sweden and France going back to the Saxon wars. It is recognized as the wine capital of the region and if convenient to get to, the best starting point for a wine tour head either north toward Strasbourg or south.  Maison des Têtes (House of Heads) is a Renaissance town house built in 1609 in the center of Colmar houses a Relais and Chateaux Hotel plus the Colmar wine exchange, which was founded in 1898. Welcoming guests is a statue of an Alsace barrel-maker which was created by Auguste Bartholdi (sculptor of the Statue of Liberty) in 1902 as well as the over 100 faces and masks which decorate the facade.

Alsace Wine Adventures

Drive through quaint Alsatian villages with fortified ramparts, paved courtyards , old wooden wine casks and gigantic presses, watchtowers, and charming half-timbered houses, which line narrow streets and fountains. Each is a wine growing community where the grapes traditionally were aged and pressed in town rather than in the vineyards.

Multi Region Journeys

  • Best of the Best

    Alsace (2 days)

    Depart Colmar or Strasbourg
    Visit artisanal vineyards around the picturesque villages of Barr, Andalau, Mittlebergheim, and Bergheim. Overnight in a countryside hotel
    Visit famous Great Estates like Domaine Schlumberger and Cattin
    Walk in the vines, taste the best Gewürztraminer in the world, discover Cremant d'Alsace

    Rieslings along the Rhine

    Alsace / Mosel (3 days)

    Follow the Rhine from Colmar and visit the best artisanal Riesling vineyards in France
    Take the late afternoon train to Frankfurt for an overnight stay
    Drive along the Rhine to discover some of the best Rieslings in Germany
    Pairing lunch at a magnificent Schloss

    Grand Cru Wines from Strasbourg to Reims

    Alsace / Champagne (5 days)

    Depart from Strasbourg or Colmar to visit producers of Grand Cru Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Vendange Tardive, sparkling Cremant d'Alsace and Grains Nobles
    Visit and multi tastings at specialists of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay Champagnes
    Haute Domaine Vine to Table lunch experience and gastronomic lunch
    Visit Champagne Ruinart or Taittinger Pommery cellars known for fine Chardonnays
    Visit Hautvillers and the gardens of Veuve Clicquot's Chateau Boursault

    Wines of Character

    Alsace / Champagne / Loire Valley (10 days)

    Depart Paris by train to the Loire Valley
    Discover sparkling wines in Vouvray and visit Chateau Chenonceaux, Azay and Amboise
    Visit the Grand Maisons, small estates, & single varietal winemakers in Champagne
    Strasbourg to Colmar discover great White Rieslings, Gewürztraminer, Vendanges Tardives and Grains Nobles Fast train to Strasbourg and overnight stay
    Discover Alsatian Rieslings, Sylvaner, and Gewürztraminer wines and overnight near Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg

  • Wine Lovers Tour departing Strasbourg


    La Petite France is a UNESCO World Heritage site is an architectural jewels, and the Grande Île is the place to spend time here walking along the banks of the river and an afternoon stop for cake and coffee at Cafe Sebastien, Cafe Gillmann or Salon de Grand Rue for a quick coffee.  The Grande-Île and the Neustadt is characteristic of a Rhineland European city, with focus around the magnificent Gothic cathedral which has been influenced by the church Spires in Prague and by the Romanesque art of the East. Perspectives created around the cathedral give rise to a unified urban space and shape a distinctive landscape organized around the rivers and canals. 

    French and Germanic influences have enabled construction to reflect distinct major significant periods of European history but at the same time honor the past. From Roman Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the the Renaissance-style private residences built between the 15th century and the late 17th century like the richly decorated facade of Maison Kammerzell, referred to as ‘the most beautiful house in Strasbourg, French 18th century classicism as exemplified by the Palais Rohan, built by the king’s architect, in the 1730s, and was the residence of prince-bishops and cardinals, and through to the present as the regional & European capital.


    10 minutes walk from the House of Heads passing the Renaissance decorated Pfister House with its octagonal turret and its mural paintings is Little Venice, the area around the Lauch river. Perfect for a glass of wine or a meal.  Colmar's Jewish community played a leading role in the region's wine business. A Colmar Treasure of precious decorative objects (now in the Cluny museum in Paris), hidden by Jews during the Black Death in 1348, was discovered here in 1863. from that time was discovered hidden in the wall of a confectioner's shop.  For those interested in religious art then see the Issenheim Altarpiece in the Unterlinden Museum located in a 13th century convent with a contemporary art extension.


    Heading south east from Colmar we pass through or stop in Eguisheim is ranked as "One of the Most Beautiful Villages in France" and once the home of Pope Leo IX, the Reformer (Pope from 1048 – 1054 A.D.) this medieval village of brightly coloured old houses with pointed roofs and timber-framed façades. In 1902, winegrowers in the village decided to join forces to create Wolfberger, one of the first cooperatives in Alsace. United as one, pioneers in their field, they are continually innovating in order to preserve the typicity and quality of their wines under the brand.


    Ribeauville (and nearby Riquwhir) is located at the foot of the ruins of the Three Castles of the Lords of Ribeaupierreon.  It's main street is lined with 15th to 18th century buildings Renaissance style decorated squares. The surrounding vineyards have been in existence since the Middle Ages and one of the most famous wine producers in the world - Maison Trimbach, which dates back to 1626. Zellenberg is another gems of the wine country, perched on a hill amid the vineyards, is a charming place, with two local Grands Crus, are Froehn and Schoenenbourg. 


    Kaysersberg is a medieval town located on the Weiss river was voted the favourite village of the French in 2017. The ruins of Chateau de Schlossberg high above, guards the old Roman road which linked the Alsace to the Lorraine and the road of Santiago de Compostela. The local Grand Cru is Rosacker.

    In its green valley surrounded by vineyards, Andlau is famous for its imposing abbey, its three great Riesling vintages – Moenchberg, Kastelberg and Wiebelsber. On a hillside near Obernai and Mont Saint Odile, Mittelbergheim contrasts sharply with its neighbours. Here there is no half-timbering, but elegant Renaissance houses in pink stone alongside a carefully maintained heritage. The oil mill and presses remind visitors of their wine tradition, as does the ‘Weinschlagbuh’, a registered manuscript which has chronicled the vineyards and price of wine since 1456. Ancient walls still intact, adorable winding streets lined with old flowery houses, and legends of witchcraft, Bergheim goes back to a bucolic wine trail seemingly untouched by time.

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