Alsace Wine

This region, wedged between the Rhine River and the Voges Mountains, is the product of a fascinating combination of French and German influence. It has been fought over by the two countries for hundreds of years, becoming French after the Thirty Years’ War, German after the Franco-Prussian War, French again after WWI, German during WWII, and finally, French afterward. Its system of Grands Crus can be confusing, and this is in part because Alsace, having been under German rule for a time, did not catch up with the AC system until 1962.


Both German and French grapes can be found here. There is German Riesling and Gewurztraminer, as well as French Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc. Other varieties include Sylvaner, Chasselas, Auxerrois, and Pinot Noir. Alsace is best known for making rich, dry white wines, though a few reds from Pinot Noir are made as well. The wines are usually varietal wines labeled as such, though field blends exist as well. Alsatian cremants and dessert wines can be excellent as Read more »

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Craig Donofrio is an Advanced Sommelier in the Court of Master Sommeliers and has worked and consulted for some of the nation's top restaurants. He is chief food/wine photographer at Grapevine Studios (www.grapevinestudios.blogspot.com).

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Varietals Produced in Alsace View all

  • Muscat

    History of the grape: Muscat existed as far back as the Ancient Greeks. It spread throughout the world as empires gre...

  • Pinot Blanc

    History of the grape: Pinot Blanc was first grown in Burgundy and Champagne, France, and can be traced by some source...

  • Gewürztraminer

    Gewürztraminer’s direct and obvious charm has made it a popular varietal in almost every corner of the wine world. Ex...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

Subregions of Alsace

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  • Trimbach

    Established in 1626, the Trimbach family has a wine-making history stretching back almost 400 ...

  • Jean Geiler

    Founded in 1926, the winery offers you a wide range of top-quality Alsace wines, from varietal wi...

  • Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss

    Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss exists on that intriguing fault line between deeply traditional and the...

  • Domaine Bott Frères

    Poperty located at the heart of the vineyards with the tradition of growing the finest grape vari...

  • Albert Mann

    The birth of the Domaine Albert Mann is the fruit of the joint efforts of two big viticultural fa...

  • Domaine Klipfel

    Le Domaine KLIPFEL a été créé en 1824 par Martin KLIPFEL. C’est aujourd’hui une entreprise famili...

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Alsace on Snooth

  • Louis Sipp Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc 2004

    Snoothrank:

    Too sweet and floral, even for me. I like gewurz, but this one was overpowering. I tried it at a tasting, so maybe it would have been better with food. Very floral nose and taste. A sweet fruity nose. Tropical fruits on the mouth with a very unctous oily feel. Slightly off finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Louis Sipp Pinot Blanc Alsace Aoc 2004

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    A good, mineral Pinot Blanc. A slight rubber worm taste - but I like that - some petrol too. Light floral finish. Tastes like it has some age. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Louis Sipp Riesling Alsace Aoc 2004

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    A fine riesling. A complex taste of minerality, petrol and some floral notes. Good, long finish. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Louis Sipp Riesling Grand Cru "Kirchberg" 2000

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    Best Riesling of the World, Strasbourg, France. Very complex taste of pertol, peaches and minerals. Very rich and emolient. Good long finish on green apples. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Louis Sipp Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc 2004

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    No written review

    Wine review by mark


  • Domaine Loew Gewurztraminer 2003

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    Fantastic wine - very emolient, rich and fruity. A very spicy nose with rich dried fruit tones in it too. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Martin Zahn Gewürztraminer Alsace Aoc 2004

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    Served on valentines day with 5 spiced pork. Very floral, and an oily mouth feel. Lots of sweet tropical fruits. A bit overpowering on its own, but good with spicy food. Read More

    Wine review by 1Philip James 1 Philip James


  • Domaine Gerard Metz Riesling Muenchberg 1998

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    Brilliant clear yellow, light with a steel like glint. Strong petrol on the nose with apples and some mineral notes lingering in the background. Medium to light weight, barely off dry with a crisp acidity. The pertrol shows up on the palate too, with some apple flavors and strong mineral finish that lasts for awhile. Had it with a spicy corn cho... Read More

    Wine review by ryanopaz


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