The Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2010 has picked Alsace as one of the hot regions in the world to visit. Alsace is one of the most beautiful and distinctive regions of France and is famous for its wine, gastronomy and wine tourism facilities.
Alsace has been a pioneer in wine tourism in France with the development of the Wine Route which has, over the past 50 years, contributed to the success of Alsace wines. Famous for its exceptional natural beauty, the Wine Route leads visitors across rows of undulating, vine-covered hills, and through delightful quaint villages with narrow streets and charming flower-decked houses.
Each 'terroir' (the type of soil the vines are growing in) of Alsace determines the precise aromas and flavors of each Alsace grape variety and so of the wine it will produce.
Situated on the Schoenenbourg hill in Riquewihr, facing South, these vineyards take maximum advantage of their exposure to the sun, particularly as the vines are trained along high wires.
The Lonely Planet tourist guide recommends the Fêtes du Vin (wine festivals) taking place in villages all over Alsace during the summer,and the Winstubs (literally “wine rooms”, local wine bars also serving food) offering local gastronomic specialities.
From April to October, a succession of wine festivals and wine
fairs will highlight your trip. In August there is the traditional
Colmar wine festival, Foire aux Vins d'Alsace: usually more than 10 days
of celebrations for what became the major summertime event in Alsace
(more than 250 000 visitors every year!).
While staying with us in Riquewihr, we will inform you about the major events occuring during your stay.
For more events and places to visit in Alsace and nearby Germany and Switzerland, read and follow our blog.
The Alsace region is located in the North East corner of France. Situated on the Vosgian foothills, at an altitude of 200 to 400m the vineyards take maximum advantage of their exposure to the sun, particularly as the vines are trained along high wires.
The Alsace Wine Route has become famous the world over for its exceptional natural beauty, its simple course and for the instant connection its visitors feel with the region and its growers. The Alsace Wine Route winds its way from north to south, for more than 170 kilometres (106 miles) along the eastern foothills of the Vosges.
Riquewihr is in the very heart of the Alsace vineyards, a major milestone on the Alsace wine route.
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Riquewihr on the Alsace wine route is located at the foot of the Vosges Mountain.
All that beautiful medieval houses were built by the local winegrowers 4 Centuries ago. Early in the morning is a pleasant time to discover Riquewihr because the streets are still peaceful
The Alsace region has an area of 8280 square kilometers. The region, famous for its production of aromatic white wines, boasts 4,930 small vineyards covering 15,535ha! Sheltered from oceanic influences by the Vosges mountains, Alsace enjoys some of the lowest rainfall in France (just 400-500mm or 16-20 inches per year) and Riquewihr is right in the middle of the driest area. It is blessed with a semi-continental climate - sunny, warm and dry, which while offering a fantastic advantage to tourists, also provides the perfect conditions for winemaking as it encourages the slow, extended ripening of the grapes, resulting in elegant, complex aromas and flavors.
Alsace enjoys some of the lowest rainfall in France and Riquewihr is right in the middle of the driest area. Therefore the wines produced in Riquewihr count among the best in Alsace.
The best vineyards of Alsace are located on hills carrying a Grand Cru appellation. Riquewihr has 2 grands crus: Sporen and Schoenenbourg.
View from the height of the Schoenenbourg famous vineyards... Riquewihr in the background, the Vosges and more vines!
Historical medieval cellar of the Maison Zimmer estate in the main street of Riquewihr
An Alsace wine can match every occasion. Delicious as a drink before the meal, the wines made in Alsace are also perfect partners for fish and seafood (this is the reason why so many Alsatian villages have a partnership with villages in Brittany, on the West coast of France!). But Alsace wines are also matching poultry, white meat, game, the famous duck or goose 'foie gras', exotic recipes (thai, indian, chinese or creole cooking deserve a Gewurztraminer!), dessert and what could be a surprise for many: cheese! Contrary to popular belief, in most cases white wines are better adapted to cheese than red wines. This is particularly true with strong cheeses like Munster or Roquefort and all the blue cheeses.
Alsace wines make ideal partners for all the produce of the sea. Sylvaner with shellfish, Riesling with salmon, or Gewurztraminer with Chinese-style shrimps, these are just a few examples of the numerous matchings of Alsace wines and fish recipes.
Alsace wines for every occasion
Historical shop sign in Riquewihr showing how wine is important for the village
Alsace is best known for its dry wines, but
it also produces more and more powerful and even sometimes sweet wines,
like Gewurztraminer that goes wonderfully with slightly sweet desserts,
as does Crémant d'Alsace.
With sweeter desserts, nothing can be better than a late-harvest 'Vendanges Tardives' or 'Sélection de Grains Nobles' wine. Both types of wine, rare, sweet or liqueur-like, will give a special cachet to all fine desserts.
In Riquewihr, the larger wine estates are also wine merchants and offer a good selection of wines
Crémant is the local Alsace sparkling wine. It will match any meal or recipe.
Grape harvesting in Riquewihr
Grapes waiting to be taken in.
Winter is the quietest period for the visit... Time for connoisseurs!
In Winter the winemaker is busy in his cellar and will have more time to let you taste his wines. A lot of small wineries are producing great Alsace wines!
Spring is a beautiful season in Alsace
New leaves in the vineyards of the Schoenenbourg hill in Riquewihr
Summer in the vineyards. The neighbour village of Hunawihr and its medieval church surrounded by the vineyards.
On the winepaths everything is explained about growing the wine.
Our gites in one glimpse, sorted by size and level of comfort.
From the studio to the large luxury apartment: our 15 romantic gites in Alsace (14 in the historical city of Riquewihr) provide some of the best self catering accommodation in Alsace. Select yours!
Charm and comfort at budget rates!
For 2 people
Romantic Studio, In the ramparts: our smallest place but quite comfortable. For 2 persons.
Sylvaner Studio, Larger Studio in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 persons.
3 up to 5 people
Klevner Duplex, Charming duplex apartment in the heart of Riquewihr. For 2 + 1 persons.
Muscat family apartment, Ideal for 2 adults + up to 3 children.
In the mountain village of La Vancelle
The Mountain Hiker, in a residential village north of Riquewihr. Calm & nature in a strategic place to visit all of Alsace.
Certainly among the finest gites in Alsace!
Luxury for 2 people.
The Sentinel, Absolutely romantic. Airconditioned. For 2 persons.
Comfort for 4-8 people
Luxury for 4-6 people
Dove's Nest house, Absolutely romantic. 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms. Airconditioned. For 4 people maximum.