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.
Finally, the English version of my Guide to Alsace Wines is ready. The Swedish version has sold over 1 700 copies, and it has been selected as the best book in its category by the Swedish Gastronomic Academy. Guide to Alsace Wines presents the region, producers and villages in Alsace in a compact and informed way. It is constantly updated.
If you want a charming appartment, perfectly located in Riquewihr with a private courtyard: Gite l'Oriel.
If you want to stay in a small village with a wine growing family, in the heart of alsace: Domaine Jean-Marc Bernhard.
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
2013 Gewurztraminer Cuvée Prestige, Florian Beck-Hartweg Florian Beck-Hartweg is a very entrepeneurial and skilled vigneron. He is based on the granitic foothills of Bas-Rhin and has managed to demonstrate the grandeur af Grand Cru Frankstein, a vineyard capable of delivering very fresh and complex wines from all grapes, all with unsurpassed minerality. In just a few years, Florian has become one of the great ambassadors of Alsace, dispite a very modest production volume.
2013 Gewurztraminer Cuvée Prestige from Florian Beck-Hartweg in Dambach-la-Ville is greenish yellow in colour. The aroma is open and pure and offers orange, almond, peach and discrete note of roses. The attack on the palate is full of lovely and complex, silky fruit. Although the wine is off-dry, the sweetness is perfectly balanced by a fresh acidity typical of 2013 and even som minerality in the finish. Bravo! €10.