Colmar is a quaint and beautiful city known as the “capital of Alsace wines” and is nestled against the German border in the Grand Est region of France. It’s also a popular destination to enjoy some of the best wine tours and tastings in Alsace for full-day and half-day wine experiences along the Alsatian wine route.
Colmar’s old town has narrow streets entirely covered with cobblestones and its half-timbered houses, giving Colmar its distinct charm. This town in the Alsace wine region of Northern France offers gourmet foods, world-class wine experiences, and a gorgeous blend of German and French culture and architecture. If you’re looking to experience the unique Alsace wine region of France, a wine tour in Colmar with one of Winalist’s premier wine partners is bound to make for an unforgettable experience.
A few famous varietals of grapes grow in the Alsace wine region: riesling, pinot blanc, gewurztraminer, sylvaner, Muscat d’Alsace, and more. Colmar is located close to the border of Germany in France, resulting in its German-influenced architecture and blended culture.
Winalist has created a list of the best wine tasting tours, wine cellars, and wine-related activities in Colmar and the Alsace wine region in general. Using our platform, you can book a personalized wine experience in Colmar that perfectly fits your travel preferences, schedule, and taste.
Colmar wine highlights
- The perfect stop along the Alsace wine route, full of cobblestone streets, churchs, and top wine cellars.
- Very walkable and feels like a quaint country-city or small village.
- Known for its white wines and sparkling wines, but also grows some red grapes.
Best things to Do & attractions in Colmar, France
If you’re spending a full day in Colmar, be sure to visit its famous cellars offered by Winalist's partner wineries. Each Alsacian winegrower's house on our platform tells you a different story about its estates, their heritage, and their terroir, all in order to enhance your oenological stay.
During your stay in this sumptuous Alsatian city, we advise you to visit the Unterlinden Museum which is a former convent and an association museum. It is one of the most visited fine arts museums in the entire province. Also make sure to pass in front of the Saint-Martin Collegiate Church, also called "Saint-Martin de Colmar Cathedral", which is the most important religious building in the city and one of the largest Gothic churches in the Haut-Rhin.
Do not miss Colmar's Little Venice, either, which is a picturesque and walkable old tourist area. The view in this area of the city is magnificent and quintessentially Alsace. It’s also an ideal place where you can have a delicious lunch or dinner. Then, make your way to the Château du Hohlandsbourg, which is a 13th century castle with a surprising view and a museum.
Colmar Christmas market is one of the most romantic in France, during the winter season. Explore this city’s richness and witness its uniquely Alsacian confluence of German and French cultures and architecture by booking an Alsace wine tasting, private tour, or full-day wine excursion with Winalist. We’ll help you plan your entire Alsace Wine Route itinerary or just a short excursion from town.
South of Strasbourg in the Alsatian region, Colmar is one of our most recommended towns on your Alsace Wine Route. Visiting the cellars of a château or an estate is one of the preferred experiences of wine tourists who have trusted us for years.
Colmar Alsace Wine History
Colmar is the capital of Alsace wines and was established in the 9th century. Colmar was formalized as a winegrowing appellation on November 1, 1999 and remains a thriving hub for delicious wine tastings and heaps of cultural and architectural splendor - even over 20 years later. While you travel on the Alsace wine route, you’ll be happy to stop in this city during your getaway.
This magnificent route will allow you to observe sumptuous landscapes and discover the heritage and gastronomy of this unique region in France. During your stay, you will have the opportunity to discover the cellars and tasting rooms of Alsatian winegrowers who will be eager to help you discover the region’s wide sample of grape varieties.
There are also three controlled designations of origin in the Alsace region of France: Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace.
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