Katzenthal is located far into a valley, but the white bell tower reveals its location from far away.
One does not end up in Katzenthal by accident, although it is situated only a kilometer from the busy road that connects Colmar and Kaysersberg. The two nicest way to get there is by the road through the vineyards from Niedersmorschwihr, or by Chemin Kaefferkopf from Ammerschwhir.
On the photograph above, you can locate Katzenthal and other places around the village.
Katzenthal was rebuilt after the war, and is now tranquil, beautiful, and very French. In practice the village is formed by the two streets that begins at the village fountain. Here you can take a look at the commune library, which gives an idea of the structure of public service in France.
Overlooking Katzenthal, the ruins of the 13th century castle Wineck provides a spectacular landmark. It is surrounded by the Grand Cru Wineck-Schlossberg. The vineyard is a granitic terroir, and has still a bit to prove. Fortunately, a new generation of Katzenthal vintners have shown that it is possible to produce wines from Wineck-Schlossberg that possess true Grand Cru qualities.
Although most wines from Wineck-Schlossberg are Rieslings, both Muscat and Pinot Gris perform very well on this fairly cool Grand Cru. Many villagers also own land on Grand Cru Kaefferkopf which will be the prime source of vibrant and fresh Gewurztraminer.
The village has no cooperative, but the CV Turckheim farms a considerable area on Wineck-Schlossberg.