The Alsace Wine Route is simply The oldest wine route of France. It was in 1953 that its history began, when the Issenheim tourist office created a route of some hundred-six-kilometers during a car rally.
The organization of this race had at the time planned that two convoys leave at the same time, but the first from the extreme north of the vineyard in Marlenheim, and the second, from the south to Thann.
The race is a real boon for winegrowers who offer wine tastings and tourist visits on its journey.
The Alsace Wine Route was born.
Then, over time, the road is a growing success that allows Vignerons du Bas Rhin as in the Haut Rhine to introduce travelers The richness of their know-how.
Regional tourist offices concentrate their message on the discovery of Alsace, its oenology, its local gastronomy, its picturesque housing, its tours of castles and other cultural monuments, for example The Kientzheim vineyard museum.
The essential regions and villages on the Alsace wine route.
Whether from north to south, each road from Alsace leads to wine, crossing many remarkable villages through the Vosges like Ribeauvillé, a wine -ups since 1895, its three great vintages that are Geisberg, Kirchberg, Osterberg and its three castles medieval.
The village Riquewihr museum, With its wine path of some seventeen kilometers leading you to discover seven great vintages spread over six municipalities. Do not miss the vineyard museum and Alsace wines in Kientzheim.
On the Alsace Wine Route, among the essentials, we recommend that you visit several villages. Thann, renowned for its hikes through the Rangen vineyard. Selestat, unmissable historic and cultural village between Strasbourg and Colmar. Hunawihr, between Rickwihr and Ribeauvillé where you will discover the castle of Saint-Ulrich and the Château de Girsberg, but also its reintroduction park of storks.
On the roads of Alsace wines, do not miss either Molsheim, Ammerschwihr, Turckheim or Kayzersberg.
Located in the extreme north of the Alsace Wine Route, the Wissembourg region Makes you discover superb landscapes with perfectly aligned vines, typical villages and their half -timbered houses, as well as Romanesque and Gothic churches.
The Cleebourg Region, located north of the Alsace Wine Route, is part of the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park. It has a renowned vineyard around the villages of Cleebourg, Oberhoffen, Wissembourg, Rott and Steineltz.
To The discovery of the Alsace Wine Route, between vineyards and mountains.
From Marlenheim to Thann.
From Marlenheim, near the Northern Vosges Regional Natural Park, visit atypical villages and enjoy magnificent walks on the heights of the vineyard. Also discover castles and other surprises among more than a hundred villages.
Eguisheim, Hunawihr, Ingersheim, Mittelbergheim and Riquewihr are all steps not to be missed during your trip to the southern door of The Alsace Wine Route, the city of Thann.
From Ribeauvillé to Colmar.
The Wine Route has not finished amazing. Accompanied by Eguisheim, Kaysersberg and Riquewihr nearby, Ribeauvillé is one of the most famous and most beautiful villages on the Alsace Wine Route. To The time of the Christmas market, just as when the sunny days come back, the landscapes all in bloom in the region offer you a striking show. Its Alsatian houses make Ribeauvillé a very charming medieval village. Then, taking the road towards Colmar, the villages of Riquewihr, Kaysersberg or Bennwhir are worth it.
There are still a large number of other walks, more intimate, but also very bucolic.
From Obernai to Dambach the city.
By continuing your Wine Route, discover small picturesque villages with their half -timbered facades. From Heiligenstein, where the Klevener is produced, via Barr, Mittelbergheim, Andlau, until Dambach-la-Ville, stop in the cellars, the winegrowers will be happy to share with you A tasting of their great vintages.
From Colmar to Rouffach.
Capital of Alsace wines, Colmar is an essential step during your wine getaway. Ideally located in the heart of a region benefiting from an exceptional climate, Colmar knows how to seduce you with its typical architecture. You will find many gastronomic pleasures offered through the route of wines such as cellar visits of course, but also tastings of foie gras, munster and others.
From Hasttatt to Pfaffenheim, via Eguisheim, the Alsace Wine Route offers you a Very rich natural and historical heritage. Halt at the Château d'Isenbourg, dependent on the village of Rouffach.
From Rouffach to Thann.
Rouffach has all the assets to charm you with its typical Alsatian houses and its Saint-Léger church appearing among the most beautiful buildings of Romanesque art in Alsace. Then continue your Alsace wines by coming to discover Soultzmatt and its music hall, time to enjoyA show evening in the heart of the vineyard.
A little further on the way, Guebwiller will reveal a landscape combining mountains and vines with dizzying hillsides. There are four great classified vintages, the Kessler, the Kitter, the Saering and the Spiegel. Then the city of Thann with the Rangen, One of the southernmost vineyards in Alsace.