If you love Pinot Noir, Riesling and fruity wines, then extend your trip to Alsace.
Join us on a discovery of some of the best and least known white wines in the world. On a personalised private wine tour, you will enjoy vineyards, top-rated wines, mountains, cultural discoveries, and the gastronomic delights of the Alsace Wine Route.
Since the 9th century, Alsatian winegrowers have referred to the notion of Grand Crus. They noticed the specificities of certain places influencing the cultivation of their vines and their wines. Thus, the best terroirs are born from the observation and know-how of generations of winegrowers. Over time, they have revealed the most remarkable soils, often steep and ideally exposed.
There are 51 Grand Cru Villages from which only 4 grape varieties are allowed: Riesling, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. The Grand Cru wines are highly influenced by their terroir and their particular aromatic intensity, dominance of mineral notes, delicate salinity, power, and texture on the palate. Some Alsatian wines are bone dry, some off-dry, some medium sweet and some gloriously, decadently honeyed.
All tours are personalized and we generally visit at least one very well-known brand plus some small grower vineyards. We can start the trip in Paris, Reims, Strasbourg, Colmar, or Zurich. There are several wonderful hotels, villas, and castles between Colmar and Strasbourg with lovely views, vineyards, and magnificent restaurants. Or stay in one of these cities.
In Colmar, see the House of Heads, the Renaissance decorated Pfister House, and Little Venice, a perfect location for a glass of wine or a meal. For those interested in religious art, then see the Issenheim Altarpiece in the Unterlinden Museum, located in a 13th century convent with a contemporary art extension.
In Strasbourg, discover the Grande Île is characteristic of a Rhineland European city, with a focus on the magnificent Gothic cathedral, influenced by the church Spires in Prague and by the Romanesque art of the East. It is the place to spend time walking along the banks of the river and an afternoon stop for cake and coffee. French and Germanic influences have enabled construction to reflect distinct major significant periods of European history, from Roman Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance-style private residences, to French 18th century classicism, and through to the present as the regional & European capital.