The Alsace Wine Route
The Alsace Wine Route is known for its exceptional itinerary. From Marlenheim to Thann with a separate area around Wissembourg in the far northern area of the region, the Wine Route passes through more than a hundred towns and villages in bloom and offers picture-postcards landscapes: castle ruins from the Middle Ages, Roman abbeys, winding vineyards, welcoming winstubs…
From valleys to hills, the route unwinds along the foothills of the eastern Vosges Mountains over more than 170 km.
2 areas with the label “Vineyards and discoveries” are on the trail:
- The vineyard “Cœur d'Alsace”, between the peak of Mount Sainte-Odile and the castle of Haut-Kœnigsbourg
- The vineyard “Terre & Vins au Pays de Colmar”, near Colmar
53 AOC (Protected designation of origin):
- AOC "Alsace" 72% of the region’s production (in volume)
- AOC "Alsace Grands Crus" 51 defined territories
- AOC "Crémant d'Alsace" 24% of the region’s production (in volume)
A few figures
- 1953 inauguration of the Alsace Wine Route, the oldest tourist route in France.
- 4,340 wine-growers including 860 wine-makers and wine merchants offering bottle sales.
- Size of the Alsatian vineyard 15,600 hectares
- 7 grape varieties the most famous that have built the Alsatian vineyard’s reputation are Sylvaner, Pinot blanc, Riesling, Muscat, Pinot gris, Gewurztraminer, Pinot noir
- 45 wine paths marked with information panels
- Vineyard Cycle Route a 131 km bike path