Route du Vin D'Alsace

The famous Route du Vin D’Alsace [www.vinsalsace.com] (Alsace Wine Route), is a 170km long, picturesque trail that stretches southwards from Marlenheim (a town west of Strasbourg) to Thann. Roving along the eastern foothills of the Vosges, the Route du Vin d’Alsace brings you through an undulating, vine-covered path that is generously sprinkled with cosy little villages. The Alsace Wine Route has been responsible for promoting the delights of the great Alsace wines, for over 50 years. These wines are primarily white; with a strong Germanic touch (especially the Gewütztraminer wines). Alsace is also known for producing crisp pinot blancs and Riesling. The Vin D’Alsace route brings you to several, easily accessible roadside wine cellars; as well as some historical locations along the way (such as the medieval bastions that can be found on the eastern side of the Vosges).

The Route du Vin D’Alsace comprises of 3 different appellations- the Alsace AOC (for white, rose and red wines), Alsace Grand Cru (for white wines) and the Crémant d’Alsace AOC (for sparkling wines). A visit to every single wine-growing village along this route can become time consuming. Therefore, you can simply stick to visiting the areas in one of these three trails. The Alsace Grand Cru trail is one of the more popular routes, as it comprises of the top 51 territories that are known for their white wine-producing prowess.

The entire Route du Vin D’Alsace is accessible by train (from Strasbroug) or bus (from Colmar). However, getting around on your own set of wheels gives you more flexibility with time. Do watch out for parking space issues if you head to this route during the high season (April to October). You can also make your way through this area on your bike as all trains on this route allow your bikes to be brought in.

 


 

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ROUTE DE VIN D'ALSACE: Villages crossed (north to south)- Marlenheim, Wangen, Westhoffen, Traenheim, Bergbieten, Dangolsheim, Soultz-les-Bains, Avolsheim, Molsheim, Rosheim,Boersch,Ottrott, Obernai, Bernardswiller, Heiligenstein, Barr, Mittelbergheim, AndlauItterswiller, Nothalten, Blienschwiller, Dambach-la-Ville, Scherwiller, Châtenois, Kintzheim, Orschwiller, Saint-Hippolyte, Rodern, Rorschwihr, Bergheim, Ribeauvillé, Hunawihr, Zellenberg, Riquewihr, Beblenheim, Mittelwihr, Bennwihr, Sigolsheim, Kientzheim, Kaysersberg, Ammerschwihr, Ingersheim, Niedermorschwihr, Turckheim, Colmar, Wintzenheim,Wettolsheim, Eguisheim, Husseren-les-Châteaux, Voegtlinshoffen, Obermorschwihr, Hattstatt, Gueberschwihr, Pfaffenheim, Rouffach, Westhalten, Soultzmatt, Orschwihr, Bergholtz, Guebwiller, Soultz, Wuenheim, Cernay, Vieux-Thann, Thann

ROUTE DES CRÊTES:  Connects Col du Bonhomme and Thann (80 km)