Alsace lies due east of Paris and hugs the German border just near the beautiful city of Strasbourg. For fear of repeating myself……..What a town to visit!!! The region commences just near Colmar and slides along the Voges mountains due south whilst drifting further to the west just to the main highway where the land flattens out and considered unsuitable for quality grape growing. It also extends to the west up into the many hills and valleys as the vineyard landscape travels further south. It may be surprising to many to know that Alsace is the second largest white wine producing region in the whole of France!
The German influence is easy to observe as it was owned by them on two occasions until the second world war when it returned to French control. It has remained in that way ever since and certain to continue forever. The accent here is a combination of German and French as is their cuisine. Likewise the grape varieties planted are also Germanic where the Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Sylvaner, Tokay, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Blanc and Muller-Thurgau and a few local varieties exist throughout the wine villages.
The entire region of Alsace is spotlessly clean and the architecture of all the villages is just breath-taking.
As a footnote; beware when ordering food as their courses are enormous as are their inhabitants. Order an entrée first then consume that before ordering again!!!