The Alsace wine region is located in the Eastern border of France. It has been the subject of territorial disputes between France and Germany. Since the end of World War 1, Alsace has been part of France.

The Alsace vineyards are sheltered by the Vosges Mountains. The region has one of the lowest annual rainfall levels in France. Most of the vineyards are at an altitude of between 200 metres and 400 metres and they are able to take advantage of their exposure to the sun.

The wine growing area extends through the valley for 175 km from Marlenheim (near Strasbourg) in the north, to Than in the south. The town of Colmar is regarded as the wine capital of Alsace.

Town Square, Colmar Colmar

Wine Varieties

The majority of the wine produced in Alsace is white although Pinot Noir is becoming established as an important variety.

The grape varieties are:

  • Gewurztraminer
  • Muscat
  • Pinot Blanc
  • Pinot Gris
  • Pinot Noir
  • Riesling
  • Sylvaner
Riesling vines


The appellations in Alsace are:

  • AOC Alsace
  • AOC Alsace Grand Cru
  • AOC crÈmant de díAlsace

Wine Styles

  • Vendanges Tardives (late harvest)
  • Selection de Grains Nobles