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  Le vignoble alsacien
by DanielF

In spite of its location in the heart of Western Europe, Alsace enjoys a relatively sunny climate, for the Vosges mountains protect it from the wet Western winds. Thus, parts of Alsace receive as little yearly precipitation as most of the Mediterranean coast. This climate turned to be perfect for wine growing and, for centuries, Alsace has been one of the best known producers of white wine in France.

Seven different kinds of grapes have traditionally been grown in the Alsatian vignoble, the riesling being the most appreciated for its subtile and fine bouquet. The elegant and spicy gewurztraminer, the dry and tasty sylvaner and pinot blanc, the fruity muscat and the pinot gris or Tokay d'Alsace are the other excellent white grapes produced here. Finally, the pinot noir is originary from Burgundy but grown also in Alsace to produce cherryish red and rosé wines.

The vignoble (wine producing area) is located on a narrow stretch of land where the Rhine Valley meets the first heights of the Vosges range.

A tourist route has been set linking Marlenheim in the North with Guebwiller in the South. The many little towns on the road are all idyllically set among vineyards and rolling hills. They are the perfect image of the typical Central European towns, with colourful half-timbered houses, flower ornated balconies and sleek church steeples in the middle.

As these towns are relatively numerous, it is advisable to pick a few of them to savour the picturesquism and the wines of this part of Alsace. The following are some of the best known places along the Route des Vins d'Alsace.

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  • Updated Nov 26, 2007
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