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Alsace – when wine becomes a journey

March 20, 2017

Situated in France, in a hilly region between Switzerland and Germany, Alsace is popular for its beautiful, wide landscapes. Winter or summer, the region´s mountain chain offers breathtaking views to its visitors and is the perfect location for travelers to come enjoy nice walks and discover the charm of a green natural environment.

But most of all, Alsace is worldwide known for its traditional hearty and tasty gastronomy and, of course, for its delicious regional wines.

Come discover the Alsatian Wine Route.

 

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As a living symbol of Alsace’s fine wine and food, the Alsatian Wine Route weaves its way through Alsace’s thousand-year-old wine producing area for a distance of some 170 km. Extending from the city of Thann to the city of Marlenheim, the Alsatian Wine Road passes through a string of picturesque villages in bloom or well-known wine producing towns, and offers breathtaking views illustrating the richness and diversity of the region´s landscapes. An itinerary you should discover and savour like a delicious Grand cru!

The Vineyard can be visited during the whole year. However, we recommend you to plan your journey between the months of May and October. It is over this period that the beauty of the region reaches its climax. From spring to autumn, the vineyards abound with iridescent colours, changing from light green to deep orange nuances. You will surely be seduced by this real work of art and its unusual shades of colours.
Let yourself be tempted by the captivating beauty of the Alsace Wine Road and organize your journey through the valley!

Our itinerary:
By foot, by bike or by car: appreciate this mythical itinerary the way you like it! The Alsatian Wine road is naturally pleasant and welcoming and will be a real pleasure to both your eyes and taste! Enjoy an oenological and gourmet experience and stop by the different winemakers of the region! Every meeting is an occasion to savour the delights of the Alsatian “Terroir” and taste the delicious wines of the region.

Step 1: From Wissembourg to Cleebourg, walk through the northern vineyard of Alsace.

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Take a little detour to discover the “historic” vineyard of Alsace. There, the first vines were planted by monks in the 8th century. Discover Wissembourg, located at the gate of the regional natural park of the North Vosges Mountains, and its Gothic architectural masterpiece: the abbey of Saint-Pierre and Paul. The visit of the city of Hunspach will allow you to visit one of France´s “most beautiful village”. Let´s meet in Seebach to celebrate a wedding according to old traditions.

Step 2: From Marlenheim to Obernai, cross the long Bacchus route.

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Mostly known for its white wines, Alsace however offers an amazing red grape variety, having a cherry red colour: the famous Pinot Noir. You have now arrived on its original ground! Marlenheim, Saint Léonard and of course Ottrott, are part of the local Alsatian cities that cultivate this particular type of grape. Walk through the small paths of the route of Bacchus and appreciate the soft and calm atmosphere of the surroundings.
Discover Molsheim, fief of Ettore Bugatti, and its prestigious vehicles: every year, a festival honours this legendary automobile constructor. Roman art lovers will make a stop in the city of Rosheim to admire its remarkable architectural patrimony.

Step 3: From Obernai to Dambach-la-Ville, discover the beautiful wine cities.

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Mont St-Odile

Visit the charming village of Obernai, located at the gate of the Mount St. Odile. The monastery, surrounded by rocks, offers a breathtaking view on the Alsatian plain. You will then reach the cities of Helligenstein, Klévener, and the cobbled streets of Barr, wine capital of the Lower Rhine. On the hillside, discover the small town of Mittelbergheim and visit the beautiful caste of the city of Andlau. Dambach-la-Ville, a small village lost in the vines will close this step of your journey on the Alsatian Wine Road.

Step 4: From Dambach-la-Ville to Ribeauvillé, enjoy the sweetness of the vines villages.

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On this part of the Alsatian Wine Road, the coquette vines villages profit from the shadows of the Vosges Mountain´s castles. The banks of the river of Aubach in Scherwiller, counting 70 former wash-houses, invite you to let your mind float away and relax. On your path, choose your favourite among the Witch Tour of Chatenois or the Stork Tour of Saint-Hippolyte, village also famous for its tasty red wine. Think about visiting Bergheim, city decorated by thousands of flowers, before joining the medieval city of Ribeauvillé, which hosts one of the oldest Alsatian festivals every year: the village fiddlers fair.

Step 5: From Ribeauvillé to Colmar, collect the vineyard´s rare pearls!

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The Wine Road offers many charming stopping options. Start with Hunawihr, known as the “most beautiful village of France” and visit its animal protection centre. Riquewihr, and its colourful houses, or Mittelwihr and its almond trees also form part of the beauty of this particular vineyard at the gate of Colmar.
Let´s go to Kaysersberg, have a look at its imperial castle, or go to Ammerschwihr for a sportive break on the golfing yard. Katzenhal, last stop before Colmar, offers many hiking opportunities thanks to its hilly surroundings.

Step 6: From Colmar to Rouffach, discover further vines and castles.

 

 

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Colmar, Petite Venise

Colmar, capital of the Alsatian wines is one of the not-to-be-missed. There, you will discover the small Venice and its romantic canals, as well as many patrimonial treasures, counting the beautiful cathedral of Saint-Martin and the old Customs House. When leaving Colmar, take the road offering a direct access to the vineyard. On the heights of the mountain, you will find the majestic castle of Hohlandsbourg as well as the three castles of Eguisheim. Many typical villages are to be seen in the surroundings: Turckheim and its tradition of the night guard; Wettolsheim, Eguisheim and its flowery streets, or even Niedermorschwihr. Before arriving in Rouffach, stop by the city of Pfaffenheim and enjoy the picturesque and cheerful atmosphere that overwhelms the village, thanks to its traditional Wine Festival!

Step 7: From Rouffach to Thann, let´s go to the South!

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Your day starts in Rouffach, where you will be able to taste several delicious “Grands Crus” while walking through the vineyard and the discovery wander paths. By walking further down the Wine Road, discover Soultzmatt, which offers great music showa in the middle of the vines during the summer. Next city: Guebwiller, a perfect mix between mountains and vines with its 50° vertiginous slopes. It is also the only Alsatian village that counts four Grands Crus wines on its territory.
Your journey ends in Thann, with the discovery of the Rangen, southern vineyard of Alsace.

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