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Alsace Wine Route: the ideal itinerary to explore Alsace vineyards

Alsace Wine Route: the ideal itinerary to explore Alsace vineyards

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An exceptional wine tourism stay awaits you on the Alsace Wine Route. A true institution of French heritage, this trip along the Rhine is a real pilgrimage for wine lovers.

The Alsace Wine Route is one of the most famous in France, but also the oldest since it was inaugurated in 1953. In all, the recommended route passes through more than 70 towns and villages on a circuit of approximately 180 km (that’s about 111 miles).

Whether by bike or car, the Alsace Wine Route is an incredible trip and the best way to discover family wine estates and picturesque Alsace villages! Winalist takes you to discover the best Alsatian wines starting from Thann and going up to Marlenheim – keep up and let’s travel together!

 


Browse the Alsace Wine Route in 3 days

Ready to discover the many wineries in the region to visit ? Follow this itinerary to enjoy the best of Alsatian wines, whatever the season.

In summer, many events and festivals are scheduled in Alsace. And in winter, you will have the pleasure of strolling through the famous Christmas markets, a local specialty that delights the hearts of locals and tourists alike.

1. Starting point: the village of Thann

At the foot of the Vosges, Thann is an Alsace village located in the Haut-Rhin, at the entrance to the Thur valley.

With nearly 10,000 inhabitants, it is our starting point on the Alsace Wine Route. The town of Thann shares rangen, its Grand Cru, with the neighboring town of Vieux-Thann.

The Thann vineyard is located on the Rangen mountain, facing south with its steep slopes. The sunshine is optimal, and the regular rain as well as the Thur both guarantee the essential balance between sun and water all year round.

2. Guebwiller

Our route continues towards Guebwiller 18km north-west of Thann. In particular, you can find the Grand Ballon de Guebwiller, which is the highest point of the Vosges massif.

This city has a beautiful history to discover as well as prestigious monuments. Its three churches perfectly represent three eras and different styles of construction (Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical). Guebwiller can also be a starting point for the various valleys of the Florival.

Wine route

The Guebwiller vines have 4 Grands Crus throughout the territory. The Guebwiller vineyard can be discovered on a walk, or with the help of audio guides available for hire, which you can find at the Guebwiller Tourist Office.

3. Rouffach

We are approaching Colmar. On the way stands the town of Rouffach, where it is very pleasant to walk.

Rouffach is a quiet little town of winegrowers, which has retained the charm of typical Alsatian architecture in its buildings. Your walk usually starts in front of the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption on the Place de la République, which is surrounded by the main monuments of the city.

4. Husseren-les-Chateaux

At the top of the Alsatian vineyard is the village of Husseren-les-Châteaux. Its famous wines are produced and harvested on the slopes of Pfersigberg and Eichberg.

It is also the starting point of a secondary Alsace Wine Route, the Route des 5 Châteaux. After enjoying the panoramic view of the Black Forest and the Rhine plain, we were spoiled for choice when it came to finding a winemaker willing to let us taste his latest wine productions.

a vineyard in Alsace

5. Eguishem

Present in all the tourist guides in Alsace, Eguisheim is really one of our favorite of the Alsace villages at Winalist. The intact half-timbered houses amaze us every time we pass by. A building not to be missed: the castle of the Counts of Eguisheim.

This small typical village surrounded by hills between Mulhouse and Colmar is also well known to wine lovers.

Thanks to the skills of the winegrowers of Eguisheim, with remarkable terroirs benefiting from an exceptional microclimate, the slopes of Eichberg and Pfersigberg have been classified among the Grands Crus of Alsace.

Note: If you plan to come to the region at the end of August, don’t miss the Fête des Vignerons in Eguisheim.

6. Colmar

We are now in the city of Colmar, one of the cradles of tourism in Alsace, thanks in particular to its very famous Christmas market.

Located in the center of Alsace, Colmar is an essential stop on the Alsace Wine Route before continuing in the direction of Strasbourg. Plan half a day to visit the Haut-Rhin prefecture and learn more about its history.

The walk in Old Colmar is very pleasant, whether on a hot summer day or a winter evening illuminated by the many Christmas decorations.

If you want to visit some emblematic squares and interesting places in Colmar, we recommend:

  • Place Scwhendi and the Tanners district
  • the Dominican church
  • Unterlinden Museum

Winalist’s special advice: treat yourself to a private day on the Alsace Wine Route entirely tailor-made, according to your desires for discovery. AlsaSmarTours takes you to discover the wine route from Colmar with a driver, and tastings in the biodynamic wine producing estates.

7. Kaysersberg

Kayserberg is also one of the most visited places in the region. Its name, literally meaning “the mountain of the Emperor”, is linked to the old imperial castle, unfortunately in ruins, which dominates the city. It’s Christmas market is quite something too.

The village has no shortage of wine estates and cellars to visit. Enjoy a moment of relaxation with a Winalist partner, and access the best wine activities in Kayserberg and the surrounding area.

Meet at the Pierre Adam estate, a few minutes away from Kayserberg, for a tasting of Grands Crus and Crémants d’Alsace. Live a remarkable wine tourism experience: tasting, oenology lessons, visit of the vineyard in an electric vehicle and snacks are on the program.

bottles of wine from Domaine Pierre Adam

8. Riquewihr

Located in the middle of the Alsace vineyards, the village of Riquewihr is very well highlighted by the many floral decorations that adorn the half-timbered houses.

This ancient fortified city is very well preserved, as it did not suffer much damage during the various wars that followed one another. There are still some nice castles to visit, such as the Württemberg castle built in the 16th century.

9. Ribeauvillé

A little further north, we pass through the village of Ribeauvillé. To know all the secrets of Alsace wines, you have to go to the main street at the Louis Sipp estate. With around 40 hectares on the hillsides of Ribeauvillé, this winegrower’s house will make you discover a wide range of Alsace white wines from organic production.

10. Bergheim

Passing through Bergheim, a walk through the town starting from the church is a must to discover this village of 2900 inhabitants. Dominated by the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle, it is a charming town which, like the other villages presented, has been a land of winegrowers for generations.

The ramparts walk is recommended to go around the city and admire the vineyards as far as the eye can see.

Winalist invites you to discover the Gustave Laurentz wine estate, where know-how and high standards have been passed down from father to son since 1836. The estate has been producing certified organic wine since 2012. You can taste the productions of the house in the cellar, and enjoy a guided tour of the cellar and the press.

11. Kintzheim

We now enter the Bas-Rhin through the small village of Kintzheim, known for its eagle aviary in the castle located high above the surrounding vineyards. It is also one of the only attractions in the area apart from wine tours. You will still enjoy strolling around the central square to admire the many flower-decked balconies of the houses of Kinthzheim.

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12. Dambach-la-Ville

Not very well-known by tourists, it is nevertheless a crossing point that we appreciate as soon as we go on the Alsace Wine Route.

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The city of Dambah-la-ville follows the route of the ancient ramparts fortified by the Romans. It will only take you a few minutes to walk from one of the 3 gates to find yourself in the center, on the market square, where you can admire some of the most beautiful half-timbered houses in the region.

We continue the road through Obernai, before arriving in Molsheim .

13. Molsheim

A very pleasant town to visit, Molsheim is at the entrance to the Bruche valley. We learned during our first visit that it is one of the birthplaces of the industries of Bugatti, the famous car brand.

Our partner Evindez-vous offers the opportunity to discover the world of wine for a day in the heart of nature on an electric bike, in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards. You will leave in possession of a road-book as well as a picnic made up of local products. The day will end with a tasting of wines and Crémants from the Vincent Goesel estate.

14.Strasbourg

Here is the last big city of our journey through the Wine Route in Alsace. Strasbourg, capital of the Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine region (Grand Est), is well known for its large cathedral and its Franco-Germanic influences.

It is today one of the great European capitals, since it hosts important institutions such as the Council of Europe. If you come during the winter, don’t miss the Strasbourg Christmas Market!

photo of strasbourg

But after visiting the historical monuments and cultural places of the city center, we seek as always to enjoy the best wine experiences in the area. Go to La Cave à Terroirs, which offers an oenological workshop to learn more about the language, the making of wine, the main grape varieties and their differences, tasting and memorization techniques, or even food pairings with wine.

15. End of your trip: Marlenheim

Our journey rich in discoveries and tastings ends in Marlenheim, 20 km north of Strasbourg.

Inhabited since the Neolithic era and troubled by numerous wars, Marlenheim is today the peaceful base we dreamed of to end our Wine Route in style. In the center, the religious buildings always amaze us. And in the surroundings, a last walk is essential on the wine path and the promenade des Moulins.

Book wine activities on the Alsace Wine Route with Winalist

Throughout your itinerary, Winalist offers you a selection of oenological activities to book in just a few clicks. To find out more, simply go to our search engine for wine experiences in Alsace, and consult the tastings and visits offered by the nearest wine estates.

Enjoy your Alsatian wine trip on the Alsace Wine Route!

How to organize your Wine Route in Alsace?

By bike, by car or even on foot. It all depends on how long you want to spend in Alsace. If you want to cover the 180 kilometers by bike, visit the most beautiful villages and enjoy several visits to the wine estates, count about 1 week.

What’s the best time period to visit the Alsace Wine Route?

We often recommend taking advantage of Autumn to cross Alsace and make the most of the landscapes. The colors are superb, and the tourists less numerous.

What is the best Alsace wine to taste?

In 2019, the world competition for Great White Wines rewarded the Pinot Gris Vendanges Tardives 2016 from Froehlich Fernand et fils d’Ostheim with the Grand Jury Prize. The Grande Réserve 2016 Riesling from Huber et Bleger in Saint-Hippolyte also won the prize for the best dry white wine in the world.

Where does the Alsace Wine Route starts?

It all depends on which way you want to do it! It is customary to start the Alsace wine route in Marlenheim if you start from the north, and in Thann if you start from the south.

How long is the Alsace Wine Route ?

The legendary 170-km-long Alsace Wine Route passes through a string of picturesque villages, well-known wine-producing towns and exceptional landscapes.

Where to stay in Alsace wine route ?

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What type of wine could you find in Alsace Wine Route ?

The Alsace Wine Region produces dry white wines, sparkling sweet varieties, and roses. Just like in Germany, you can find delicious Rieslings, Gewurztraminers, and Pinot Gris. There are also wines made from the Pinot noir grape which are pale red, often rosé, Sparkling wines, known as Crémant d’Alsace, are also made of Pinot noir.

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