Alsace, Land Of Tradition

Alsace, Land of Tradition,

Alsace, land of wide-ranging contrasts, where wine takes you on a journey. The most celebrated wine route in France showcases amid much fanfare its medieval chateaus, such as Haut Koenigsbourg, its Renaissance residences, its half-timbered houses, and the timeless charm its colourful villages with their flowery streets.

A land of tradition and wine, it offers a unique experience. A poetic jaunt through the vineyards of Alsace whose rich soils give rise to the finest range of great white wines, fresh and aromatic, from the driest to the smoothest, perfect for gastronomy, which enchant the connoisseurs and accompany all cuisines.

  The exceptional terroir of Alace produces a range of incomparable wines !

The wine-growing region of Alsace, one of the northernmost in France and in Europe, encompasses 119 little towns from Marlenheim in the north to Thann in the south. Parallel to the Rhine, it extends for 120 km and is only a few kilometres wide. The vineyards comprise 15,500 hectares of vines.

  A privileged esposure and climate

Nestled in the eastern foothills of the Vosges, the wine-growing region of Alsace blankets a line of hills of the lower Vosges at an average altitude of between 200 and 400 metres. The predominantly southern and southeastern exposures, as well as the particularly elevated height of the vines, offer grapes maximum sunlight. The natural barrier of the Vosges accommodates the vineyards and has a double impact on the very unique climate found in Alsace, which is semi-continental and which enjoys low rainfall.

  A unique patchwork of soils

A turbulent geological history has allowed the emergence of many magnificent and varied terroirs. All formations, from primary through to quaternary, are present in Alsace, providing a patchwork of soils of unrivalled richness and diversity. It is in these infinite modulations that much of the exceptional diversity of the wines of Alsace lies.


Alsace, A Land of History and ancient veneyards...

Just like the region it crosses, the Alsace vineyard has been enriched many times over the centuries. The story of this vineyard is lost in the mists of time.Prehistoric populations no doubt already used thevines, although they were probably not actually cultivated until the Roman conquest. The invasion of the Germans, in the fifth century, led to a temporary decline in viticulture, but written documents show that the vineyards rapidly increased in importance under the influence of the bishoprics, abbeys and convents.

Already in 1945, this policy was continued through the setting of boundaries for the different areas in the vineyard and the establishment of strict rules for production and vinification. It was reinforced by the awarding of the Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées Alsace in 1962, Alsace Grand Cru in 1975 and Crémant d’Alsace in 1976. Today, gathered together in the CIVA, wine producers and dealers work together to take Alsace wines to the four corners of the earth.. All through the year, numerous wine events take place in various locations along the route du vin.

This wine circuit is a major tourist and cultural attraction in the region. The high point of these events is the Foire de Colmar in August. But equally worthwhile is the particularly prestigious activity of the Confrérie Saint-Etienne, begun in the fourteenthcentury and revived in 1947. In 1957, this brotherhood created a very demanding wine competition : Le Sigille.

This expansion continued without interruption until the 16th century, which marked the height of wine production in Alsace. The wine producers were committed to a policy of high quality by choosing to produce wines from characteristic varieties.

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