Video: Route des Vin d'Alsace
During our cruise enjoy a scenic drive into the rolling Vosges hills and on the Route des Grands Vins, where the finest wines of Alsace are produced, followed by a private tasting with the Mosbach family in Marlenheim. Gewürztraminer, Pinot Noir and Riesling have been produced here for over 200 years.
The Route des Vin d’Alsace is a 90-mile-long road that winds north-south through 30,000 acres of terraced vineyards that produce the famous Alsatian wines. It begins in the small town of Thann and winds through over 60 wineproducing towns to Marlenheim west of Strasbourg. In the midst of these vineyards are dozens of picturesque Alsatian villages with narrow cobbled streets and half-timbered houses bedecked with colorful flowers, and a large number of ancient ruined castles.
The Route des Vin d’Alsace has been a noted wine growing region since the middle ages. The Thirty Years War ravaged the vineyards, but the region returned to its modern day ripening after WWI
Alsace vineyards produce excellent, refreshing, white table wines. Separated from Germany on the east by the Rhine, Alsace understandably produces wines similar to their German cousins. However, the dry and full-flavored, spicy Alsatian wines, 90% of which are white, are stronger in taste and alcohol than German wines.
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