Sharing its borders with Germany and for a long time under its control, Alsace was left with a beautiful Franco-German mix. This fusion of cultures is visible everywhere, whether in terms of architecture, gastronomy, or even language. The Alsace Wine Route cities are some of the most picturesque you can imagine, with their wooden-framed houses, canals and colourful floral arrangements…
The city of Colmar is heavenly, with its small waterways and its half-timbered houses worthy of a postcard. The cycling trail along the Colmar Canal takes visitors through the city and into the most peaceful vineyards in the surrounding countryside.
The Vosges ball-shaped peaks dominate the region to the west, causing a dry microclimate that allows the Riesling vineyards to thrive.
But the Alsace region is not limited to Riesling, the grape variety there (Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer and Pinot Noir) makes it possible to combine different wines that pair with each of your dishes. For gourmets, we would suggest combining these wines with desserts such as pineapple carpaccio. Gewurztraminer, one of the mythical white wines of the appellation, is a round and gourmet wine that goes well with sweet food. If you prefer salty dishes, we would recommend a Pinot Gris to accompany a stuffed poultry. Riesling, on the other hand, unfolds its aromas with fish and other delights of the sea. Throughout the year, the wine-growing villages of Alsace come to life around wine festivals (wine fairs), grape harvests, Alsatian traditions and gastronomy such as “choucroute”; in fact, people eat sauerkraut that is more acidic than in the rest of France, and this is precisely due to the fact that it is sprinkled with Riesling, a typical wine of the region that we can never get enough of!