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.
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 Tout Naturellement, Florian Beck-Hartweg To make a vin naturel, without any sulphur or filtration, the work starts in the vineyard. For example, the biodiversity at all trophic levels needs to be high, above ground as well as in the soil itself. This allows nutrients to be retained and released optimally, provides a natural protection to pests and gives room for a suite of natural yeasts. The vines should have the right vigour and photosynthetic capacity to bring aromatic complexity rather than excess sugar to the grapes. In the cellar you need a knowledgeable, skilled, inventive, curious and dedicated producer such as Florian Beck-Hartweg.
2013 Tout Naturellement by Florian Beck-Hartweg in Dambach-la-Ville is made from Pinot Blanc and Sylvaner. The scent is soft, expressive and inviting with apples, physallis, yellow plum, fresh herbs and a wiff of yeast that contributes to the complexity. The taste is round, rich and vibrant with pronounced fruitiness and fresh but not aggressive acids that come through quite late on the palate. A perfectly balanced wine that is really, really good and versatile! Price: €9.20.