In Alsace you will meet unmatched serenity, beauty, hospitality and, not the least, some of the World's best white wines. Alsace-Wine.net is your guide to wine touring in Alsace by foot, by bike and by car.
Alsace offers charming wines of great quality and unmatched diversity. In the medieval Alsatian villages with their narrow, cobblestone alleys you will meet dedicated producers on terroirs tended by their forefathers since generations.
Enjoy reading about the great Alsace grape varieties Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat, as well as Sylvaner, Auxerrois and Klevener d'Heiligenstein. Learn more about the Alsace Grand Cru system, AOC rules, viticulture and the terroirs of Alsace.
Alsace-Wine.net presents several dozens of Alsace producers, many of which are up-and-coming, who all will love to welcome you on their premises.
The English version of my Guide to Alsace Wines was publsihed in 2016. The Swedish edition has sold over 2000 copies, and it has been selected as the best book in its category by the Swedish Gastronomic Academy. Guide to Alsace Wines presents the region, producers and villages in Alsace in a compact and informed way. It is constantly updated.
Early summer, 2016 was heading for disaster. The first six months brough more than an average year's ranfall. Mildew was spreading, and the growers were spraying. Many projected yet another vintage with low volumes. The last thing the reagion would need after small crops in 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.
To add to the worries, August was very dry and warm and especially Riesling started to suffer from hydrological stree, delaying the ripening. But in September some rain came and the weather became more stable. Cloudy, cool but good. There was no gray rot, nor any botrytis.
The harvest lasted for a good month and ended by 1 November. The grapes were perfect with moderate sugar level and great complexity. No selecetion was needed. The volume was up by a third as compared to 2015. We will get especially good Pinots.
Although the respected firm Dopff au Moulin is rightly regarded as standard-bearer for Crémant d'Alsace, Jean-Claude and Franck Buecher bring the bubbles to unbelievable heights. From 11 hectares they make exclusively Crémant from prime vineyards, perfect grape material, and extremely skilled craftsmanship. An absolute must if you visit Alsace!
Crémant Fleur de Lys from J-C Buecher in Wettolsheim is made from Pinot Blanc from Grand Cru Pfersigberg and cellared over three years on its lees. The aroma is elegant and developed with elements of nougat, chalk, citrus and brioche. The taste is dry, clean and tight with lovely fruit, very fresh but not aggressive acids and an astonishing length. WOW! Price: € 18
If you want a charming appartment, perfectly located in Riquewihr with a private courtyard: Gite l'Oriel.
If you want to stay in a small village with a wine growing family, in the heart of alsace: Domaine Jean-Marc Bernhard.