Do you want to spend a weekend crossing the vineyards of Eastern France? We got what you need ! Here is a tailor-made wine route for our wine tourists.
The Alsace Wine Route is a bit like the old Jaguar of the French wine tourism tours! Indeed, this year it celebrated its 65th anniversary. Since 1953, thousands of pilgrims have followed the route that guides them through the Alsatian vineyards. Initially, the Alsace Wine Route was created by the Tourist Office of the region to host a car rally. At the time, two convoys started, one from the south and the other from the north of the region, in the aim of meeting in the middle of the route. The route was punctuated by breaks where the runners met the winegrowers and tasted their vintages. Finally, Alsace is a bit like the cradle of wine tourism in France.
In a few figures, Alsace Wine Route is a 170 kilometers route that crosses more than 70 cities. As you can imagine, white wine is in the spotlight in this region where the Gewurztraminer reign. In total, you will have the opportunity to stop in more than 300 estates between Marlenheim and Thann. Alsatian Grands Crus lovers will be able to taste 49 of the 51 wines of this prestigious appellation during their tour. Don’t wait any longer!
First step, Eguisheim! Located a few kilometres from Colmar, the Alsatian city collects distinctions: Favourite French village in 2013 and Most beautiful village in France. For your greatest pleasure, you will discover this Alsatian gem with its typical half-timbered and flowered houses.
Our advice: make a detour and visit the Château-Fort de Saint-Léon IX and its magnificent ramparts to avoid the sometimes busy pedestrian centre.
Set a course for Riquewihr! This charming city has been famous since the Middle Ages for its culture of all the noble Alsatian grape varieties. Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer or Muscat, they’re all there! You will have the opportunity to taste the Grands Crus d’Alsace in typical cellars of the region.
The +: cut through the vineyards to reach the Château de Kientzheim (about 3 km walk), we guarantee you a wonderful walk!
Like its neighbour Eguisheim, Kaysersberg joined the closed circle of villages elected « Préféré des Français » in 2017. As they continue their journey, wine tourism enthusiasts will be speechless by the beauty of the many medieval sites in and around the village. To the delight of visiting wine tourists, the hotel industry is renowned and the cuisine convincing.
Our advice: let yourself be guided by the playful route or the treasure hunt for the pleasure of adults and children alike.
Ribeauvillé is a small village of 4,800 inhabitants that should not be missed under any circumstances. All in length, you can stroll through the narrow streets and admire the many half-timbered houses. It is advisable to start your visit at the bottom of the village to finalize it on its heights and find yourself in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards.
The trick: the GILG pastry shop in the heart of the city centre which will delight you with its macaroons and chocolates.
Last stop on our Alsatian Wine Route: Obernai. Near Strasbourg, the inhabitants of this charming city will welcome you with a smile and introduce you to Alsatian wine-growing traditions.
Don’t miss it: go to the foot of the Monastery of Mont Saint-Odile, it will give you a breathtaking view of the Alsace Plain.