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Explore Alsace’s Finest Wines on a Private Day Trip from Colmar

30 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 68000 Colmar, France

Activity provided by Ophorus

8 hours (approx.) - English

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Sample Famed and Delicious Wines as you follow the Picturesque Alsace Wine Route. This small group private Alsace Grands Crus Wine Tour will have you taste delicious Alsace white wines including Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Muscat or Sylvaner.

Highlights
  • Discover the Grand Crus of Alsace, created in 1975 and featuring 51 classified areas.
  • Taste fabulous Rieslings from the Kirchberg, Geisberg and Osterberg Grands Crus.
  • Discover a unique and confidential Grand Cru: Kaefferkopf.
  • Taste local Muscat, distinguished from the sweet Muscats of the South of France by its dry character.
  • Discover Gewurztraminers from the Hatschbourg Grand Cru, full-bodied wines with solid structure and a round fullness.
Description

In the morning, we will come and pick you up at your centrally located hotel or accommodation in Colmar. Meet your English speaking driver guide who will go over the program and itinerary of this private full day Alsace wine tour from Colmar. Then, board your air conditioned vehicle and begin to make your way to the Alsace vineyards. Alsatian wines, and more specifically the Grands Crus, are considered to be among the most delicious French wines.

Three Commented Grands Crus Wine Tastings

The Grand Crus of Alsace were created in 1975 and feature 51 classified areas defined according to strict geological and climatic criteria. The designation is attributed to wines satisfying a number of quality-related criteria: strict limitations on terroir, highly restricted yields, specific rules of conduct regarding the vines, minimal natural ripeness levels and taste . The appellation Alsace Grand Cru recognizes the most exceptional terroirs, which impart to the wines an expressive character and a unique authenticity. The size of these exceptional vineyards varies between 3 and 80 hectares. Only 4 grape varieties can be used to produce Alsace Grands Crus wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat (Alsace variety). Discover these unique Grands Crus wines during an exceptional day out in the Alsace wine region.

This private full day wine tour has been crafted so that you may have the privilege of tasting some of the most outstanding Alsace white wines. Your wine tour in Alsace will first take you to the Ribeauvillé wine producing region. Here, taste fabulous Rieslings that originate from the Kirchberg (marl and sandstone), Geisberg (marly limestone) and Osterberg (calcareous marl)Grands Crus. The hallmark of Ribeauvillé wines is their minerality. In fact, while most Grand Cru Rieslings have 1.5 g solids/liter, Ribeauvillé wines often reach 2.5 g/liter. Some of the most famous wine makers that produce these Grands Crus include Trimbach or Louis Sipp.

Then, move on to discover a most unique and confidential Grand Cru: Kaefferkopf (literally ‘beetle head’). Divided into several sectors of the charming little town of Ammerschwihr, this Grand Cru is characterized by a complex geological substratum, combining granite on its upper parts with shelly limestone and sandstone lower down. Depending on availability, it will also be the moment to discover biodynamic wine making (a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but which includes various esoteric concepts) in wineries such as Domaine de Weinbach or Domaine JB Adam.

Finally reach the southern part of the Alsace wine route and discover emblematic Grands Crus such as Steinart, Goldert or Hatschbourg. It is in this part of the wine region that you will discover local Muscat. Alsace Muscat is distinguished from the sweet Muscats of the South of France by its dry character. Extremely aromatic, it expresses wonderful flavors of fresh fruit. We will also have you taste some exceptional Gewurztraminers that originate in the Hatschbourg Grand Cru. These are full-bodied wine, with solid structure and a round fullness. In tasting these wines, one rediscovers the complete aromatic palette, often with the addition of liquorice. Harvested very ripe, “late harvest” and “Selection de Grains Nobles” Gewurztraminers ranging from sweet to viscous, possess exceptional richness and extraordinary aromatic complexity.

This full day private tour is also adapted to travelers that wish to take in the best of the Alsace region as we will cross many beautiful villages and your driver guide will always have a few words about the traditions and culture of Alsace. We also organize other wine tours that are more an introduction to the wines of Alsace and that include tastings of other grape varieties such as Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir.

DECEMBER 2022:

Please note that due to the actual, exceptional and unpredictable bad weather conditions, the itinerary and program may change during the tour. The guides will do their best to adapt the tours to your preferences and your security as well.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions before your tour.

Itinerary

-Pick up at centrally located hotel or accommodation in Colmar
-English speaking driver guide
-Air conditioned vehicle
-Three Commented Grands Crus Wine Tastings
-Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat (Alsace variety)
-Ribeauvillé wine producing region
-Kaefferkopf Grand Cru
-Biodynamic wine making
-Southern part of the Alsace wine route
-Steinart, Goldert or Hatschbourg Grands Crus
-Alsace Muscat
-Gewurztraminers
-Beautiful villages
-Introduction to the wines of Alsace
-Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir tastings
-Adapted tours to preferences and security

Starting Location
30 Rue Saint-Nicolas, 68000 Colmar, France.
Itineraries are subject to change.
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