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The Alsace vineyards

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The Alsace vineyards - Gastronomy, holidays & weekends guide in Great East
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Between the Vosges massif and the Alsace Plain, the Alsatian vineyards extend over 15,000 hectares, from Thann in the Haut-Rhin to Marlenheim in the Bas-Rhin. The semi-continental climate (warm and dry) and the exceptional geographic location of the vineyards are the perfect conditions for growing seven grape varieties: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Tokay Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Muscat d'Alsace. The only grape variety that is not used to produce white wine is Pinot Noir.

Three different AOC labels exist in Alsace – Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace (sparkling wine) – as well as the prestigious terms vendange tardive (late harvest) and sélection de grains nobles (selection of noble grapes).

These wines are traditionally presented in flûtes d'Alsace, the famous tall, thin bottles.

The Alsace Vineyards and Wines museum explains the art and history of the Alsace wine and can be discovered at the Kientzheim castle in the Haut-Rhin, headquarters of the Saint-Etienne brotherhood.

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The Alsace vineyards

Autumn light on the vineyard of Westhalten (© JE)
Autumn light on the vineyard of Westhalten (© JE)
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Thann - Rangen Vineyard after harvest (© JE)
Thann - Rangen Vineyard after harvest (© JE)
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Thann - Harvest Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Harvest Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
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Harvest Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
Harvest Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
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Vineyard Rangen very steep (© Jean Espirat)
Vineyard Rangen very steep (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Slope requiring special equipment to harvest (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Slope requiring special equipment to harvest (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - It is necessary to rope to harvest (© JE)
Thann - It is necessary to rope to harvest (© JE)
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Thann - slope of the vineyard, sometimes above 45 degrees ! (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - slope of the vineyard, sometimes above 45 degrees ! (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Vendangeuse roped (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Vendangeuse roped (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Vendangeurs acrobats (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Vendangeurs acrobats (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - terribly relieved Slope (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - terribly relieved Slope (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Mooring system pickers (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Mooring system pickers (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Mooring system pickers (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Mooring system pickers (© Jean Espirat)
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The views of the low harvest of the vineyard of Rangen (© JE)
The views of the low harvest of the vineyard of Rangen (© JE)
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Thann - Vineyard Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Vineyard Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
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Thann - Vineyard Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
Thann - Vineyard Rangen (© Jean Espirat)
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Vignoble Gueberschwihr (© Jean Espirat)
Vignoble Gueberschwihr (© Jean Espirat)
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Gueberschwihr vineyards (© Jean Espirat)
Gueberschwihr vineyards (© Jean Espirat)
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Hunawihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Hunawihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Katzenthal Vignoble (© Jean Espirat)
Katzenthal Vignoble (© Jean Espirat)
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Niedermorschwihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Niedermorschwihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Obernai Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Obernai Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Obernai Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Obernai Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Westhalten Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Westhalten Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Westhalten Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Westhalten Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Westhalten Vineyard saw the Strangenberg (© Jean Espirat)
Westhalten Vineyard saw the Strangenberg (© Jean Espirat)
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Zellenberg seen vineyards Riquewihr (© Jean Espirat)
Zellenberg seen vineyards Riquewihr (© Jean Espirat)
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Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Zellenberg Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
Riquewihr Vineyard (© Jean Espirat)
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Golden Crown Vineyard (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
Golden Crown Vineyard (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
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Wolxheim vineyards (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
Wolxheim vineyards (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
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Balbronn (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
Balbronn (© Cave du Roi Dagobert)
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