Alsace Wine Region

Culinary break in Alsace © Creutz

Select star chefs and France’s oldest wine route promise the finest culinary experience à la française. Wine and dine like royalty in France – nothing is easier when visiting Alsace, France’s smallest region. Protected by the Vosges Mountains, the region is characterized by a warm, dry climate that not only provides for pleasant temperatures while traveling, but also the best conditions for growing grapes. Here, connoisseurs can taste the finest wines paired with perfect culinary creations.

The regional cuisine is most famous for its tarte flambée and fried carp. Attractive menu options offer something for every palate, from traditional tavern food to gourmet cuisine in award-winning restaurants. The rustic mountain inns, or “fermes auberges”, are also very popular and offer their own homegrown, partly organic products. Temptation waits in the form of sweet specialties in the patisseries, where baked goods like croissants and tartelettes beckon. A typical dessert in Alsace is the “Kugelhupf”, a cake made from sweet yeast dough.

In addition to many culinary delights, Alsace also offers numerous cultural highlights. These include medieval castles, UNESCO-protected villages, the world-famous cathedral in Strasbourg, and the Isenheim altarpiece in the picturesque city of Colmar.

Characteristics

  • Organic production – 15% of Alsace’s wines are organically cultivated, making it one of the top regions in France
  • A run like no other – every year athletes make their way through lush vineyards for the Marathon du vignoble d’Alsace
  • Wine basics – special wine courses turn amateurs into real connoisseurs
  • European metropolis – Strasbourg attracts visitors to its famous cathedral in the heart of the enchanting Old City and is home to the world’s oldest barreled wine
  • “City of Wine” – the half-timbered town of Colmar is considered Alsace’s wine capital
  • Market for epicures – the market in Mulhouse is the largest in northeastern France and offers delicious regional specialties
  • Unique village – the outdoor Alsace Heritage Museum (Ecomusée) in Ungersheim recreates the typical, everyday life of bygone days
  • Red Grape Variety – Pinot Noir
  • White Grape Varieties – Silvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer

Contact

Alsace
Agence d’attractivité de l’Alsace
Château Kiener - 24, rue de Verdun
68000 Colmar
France
Phone: +33 389 298100
www.alsace.com