In Alsace you will meet unmatched serenity, beauty, hospitality and, not the least, some of the World's best white wines. Alsace-Wine.net is your guide to wine touring in Alsace by foot, by bike and by car.
Alsace offers charming wines of great quality and unmatched diversity. In the medieval Alsatian villages with their narrow, cobblestone alleys you will meet dedicated producers on terroirs tended by their forefathers since generations.
Enjoy reading about the great Alsace grape varieties Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat, as well as Sylvaner, Auxerrois and Klevener d'Heiligenstein. Learn more about the Alsace Grand Cru system, AOC rules, viticulture and the terroirs of Alsace.
Alsace-Wine.net presents several dozens of Alsace producers, many of which are up-and-coming, who all will love to welcome you on their premises.
Every vintage is unique.The winter was very mild and turned directly into summer end of March. High temperature boosted the vegetation. Although April to June was dry, the wines did not suffer from drought. The rains in July were welcome, in contrast to the ones in August which made the berries susceptible to grey rot. In addition, the insect Suzukii caused huge damage, reducing the crop of Gewurztraminer, Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris dramatically. Our biodynamic cultivation did, however, reduce the damage.
But not everything was gloomy. The harvest was a dream; three weeks of sunny and dry conditions. Riesling, Sylvaner, Muscat and Pinot Gris had incredible maturity, acidity and finesse. Our selection has made all the difference! We remain true to our image.
Etienne Loew, Vigneron à Westhoffen
2012 Riesling Effenberg, Camille Braun Almost all of the best producers go over to organic farming, and often work with biodynamic methods. The reason is that the wines are getting better, but above all the growers want to take responsibility for a sustainable cultivation that allows future generations to carry on the tradition. Camille Braun has now converted almost all its vineyards to biodynamics, and the wines have have in definition and depth of flavor.
2012 Riesling Effenberg from Camille Braun in Orschwihr has a delicious golden color. The scent is intense and fruity with strawberry, white flowers, vanilla and red grapefruit. The flavor is rich with fruity sweetness balanced by fresh acidity and a slight bitterness. The aftertaste is long and clean. Price (2015): €9.