The Alsace Wine Route

Discover the oldest of the French wine routes. For over 60 years, from Marlenheim to Thann, it has run for 170 kilometres between colourful vines and villages.

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    OUI.sncf

  • Updated on

    28/12/2016

  • Destination

    Strasbourg

Between Wissembourg and Cleebourg

It’s in this northernmost part of Alsace that you will discover a concentration of rural Alsace: half-timbered houses dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, and the costumes and strong dialects evoking traditional Alsace.

This is where the first vines in Alsace were planted by monks in the 8th century. Discover this vineyard that spans Cleebourg, Oberhoffen, Steinseltz, Riedseltz, and Wissembourg, and discover the winemakers in the Cleebourg Winemakers’ Cooperative, which groups together 190 hectares of vines.

Strasbourg vineyards

Just 15 kilometres from Strasbourg are the vineyards of Molsheim, Couronne d’or, and Kochersberg. Easily accessible by car, you can cycle straight there by following the Bruche canal on the cycle route of the same name.

Discover the 19 wine growing villages of the Couronne d’Or (Golden Ring), its 19 winemakers who will offer you the real pleasure of tasting their wine, but also the 4 Grand Crus of this charming area: Altenberg-de-bergbieten, Altenberg-de-wolxheim, Engelberg, and Steinklotz.

Note: the wealth generated by the wine made in the Couronne d’Or enabled the construction of Strasbourg Cathedral.

From Rosenwiller to Orschwiller: the heart of Alsace

Between Strasbourg and Colmar you will find landscape after landscape in the heart of Alsace. From Mont Sainte-Odile to the château of Haut-Koenigsbourg, from vineyard to forest, discover these diverse landscapes. Your taste buds will also be treated with culinary specialities such as foie gras, gingerbread, and of course famous wines such as Klevener de Heiligenstein or Rouge d’Ottrott.

The Colmar Wine Route

The “Terre & Vins au Pays de Colmar” region is a unique destination in the very heart of the Alsace region. Located among vineyards, vales, plains, and mountains, the Ballons des Vosges Nature Park extends over a large part of this area, which includes around one hundred municipalities, mostly wine-growing, and several dozen Alsatian Grand Crus.

There you will find some of the most beautiful villages in France such as Kaysersberg, Riquewihr, and Neuf-Brisach, classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

> Take the opportunity to visit the charming town of Colmar, the other capital of Alsace!

Southern Alsace vineyards

The landscape between Thann and Orschwihr is a more arduous challenge for visitors. Pass by the museum of Thann at the southern gate of the Alsace Wine Route, where you will learn more about this special wine-growing area!

Note: The southern Alsace vineyard is so steep that the wine growers sometimes have to use ropes during the harvest.

Discover the vineyard path on two wheels!

The website alsaceavelo.fr provides a route of about 100 kilometres, which passes about 100 municipalities and about 50 “Alsace Grand Cru AOC” areas. It is a great chance to discover the abundance of vineyards in Alsace. Between railway tracks and small typical villages, discover a picture-postcard worthy route that will give you the opportunity of meeting local people and small producers, who will be happy to offer you a wine tasting. 
 

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