The Alsace Wine Route

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The many mediaeval castles and the Renaissance houses lining the flower-bedecked roads of its picture-postcard villages are what make the Alsace Wine Route the best-known of its kind in France. It was officially recognised as a tourist route in 1953 and in 2013 will be celebrating its 60th anniversary, offering visitors a unique experience of traditions and wines.

The Wine Route offers many places of interest along its 170 km length, running through a multitude of valleys and hills, from Marlenheim to Thann. With some 1000 producers along the way, the Route offers a magnificent perspective of the region and its winemakers. It also includes a separate section around Wissembourg, at the northernmost tip of Alsace.

The Wine Route also includes five areas which have been awarded (or for which the label is pending ) the Vignoble et découverte (exploring the vineyards) label:

- Heart of Alsace, halfway between Strasbourg and Colmar, between the Mont Sainte-Odile and the château of Haut-Kœnigsbourg.
- The Region and Wines of Colmar, around Colmar.
- Wissembourg and its region (Cleebourg).
- The Vineyards of Strasbourg, from Marlenheim to Molsheim. 
- The Wine Route of Southern Alsace, around Thann and Guebwiller.

Cycle routes 
The vineyards cycle route was set up to celebrate the 60 years of the Alsace Wine Route and runs from Marlenheim to Thann. The route is clearly marked out and takes cyclists through some of the most spectacular parts of the Alsace Wine Route, with plenty of sightseeing opportunities and restaurants along the way. There are a further 2000 km of cycle routes to enjoy throughout Alsace and its vineyards.

Horse riding 
Explore the vineyards on horseback, along clearly-marked riding tracks.

Geocaching and treasure hunts 
Geocaching is a great way of exploring the hidden secrets of the vineyards. Armed with a GPS, you go from one waypoint to another in the search for a hidden geocache container.

- Treasure hunts 
Come along with all the family and look for "treasure" hidden around local villages and along the Wine Route. It's a fun way of exploring the region and you can get a free booklet and game instructions from local tourist offices.

Things to see

  • Rendez-vous at Centre Pompidou-Metz

    © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe et Jean de Gastines Architectes, avec Philip Gumuchdjian pour la conception du projet lauréat du concours / Metz Métropole / Centre Pompidou-Metz / Philippe Gisselbrecht

    The Pompidou-Metz Centre, a contempory artistic creation.
  • Rendez-vous at the Pompidou-Metz Centre

    © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe et Jean de Gastines Architectes, avec Philip Gumuchdjian pour la conception du projet lauréat du concours / Metz Métropole / Centre Pompidou-Metz / Philippe Gisselbrecht

    The Pompidou-Metz Centre, a contempory artistic creation.

Point of interest

  • Vignobles & Découvertes: Coeur d'Alsace

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    Midway between Strasbourg and Colmar, the “Cœur d’Alsace” destination offers a mosaic of landscapes combining vineyards and forests, between Mont Sainte-Odile and the Château du Haut-Koenigsbourg.
  • Alsatian Vineyards

    © CIVA/Hecht

    The magnificent wine-making villages of Alsace are laid out at the foot of the Vosges, crowned with mysterious castles.
  • Rendez vous at the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle

    © Château du Haut-Kœnigsbourg/Jean-Luc Stadler

    For more than 850 years the distinctive silhouette of Haut-Koenigsbourg castle has marked the Alsatian countryside.
  • Restaurant La Cour d’Alsace

    © Restaurant La Cour d'alsace

    This restaurant offers its guests wonderful traditions that make its quality, with a quality that has become a tradition.
  • Rendez-vous in Riquewihr

    © Office de Tourisme du Pays de Ribeauvillé et Riquewihr

    Visiting Riquewihr is just like taking a step into the past. Situated just 10 kilometres from Colmar, travel back to the 16th Century when this town was born and started to build its reputation and prosperity from its farming and wine trade.  
  • Rendez-vous at Col of Sainte-Marie-aux-Mines and Tête du Violu

    © ADT/Jacques Louis Delpal

    The Tête du Violu was dug of galleries for explosives by the French and German armies.
  • Restaurant Gastronomique Le Chambard (1* Michelin)

    © Restaurant Le Chambard

    The Chef, Olivier Nasti, being named Meilleur Ouvrier de France in 2007, utilizes in-season products of the local farms and they also offer patrons a wide range of Alsace Wines!
  • Vignobles & Découvertes: Terre & Vins au Pays de Colmar

    © C. Bader

    Thanks to its famous typical Alsatian villages, the richness of its natural and cultural heritage and its renowned vineyards, Terre & Vins au Pays de Colmar provides many tourist attractions in the centre of Alsace.
  • Rendez-vous in Colmar

    © OT Colmar

    Visit Colmar the most Alsatian town in Alsace. It is undoubtedly an exceptional town, offering its guests a unique glimpse of over 1000 years of European history.
  • Rendez-vous at the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar

    © musée Unterlinden, Colmar - Ruedi Walti

    Expanded and renovated in 2015, the Unterlinden Museum is the second most-visited fine-arts museum in France, outside of Paris. 
  • Rendez-vous at the Tête des Faux

    © ADT/Jacques Louis Delpal

    During the First Word War, German and French units had set up their position on the Tête des Faux.
  • Rendez-vous at the Linge

    © ADT Haut-Rhin/Jacques Louis Delpal

    Many alpine hunters participated to the battles of The Linge. The place now has a museum dedicated to this type of fighting.
  • Alsace Wine School

    © Ecole des Vins

    To learn or improve your wine tasting ability at the Alsace Wine Schools! 
  • Bicyclette Go

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    For those who prefer active leisure, these trips on bike or on foot last from half a day to seven days, on a guided itinerary through the vineyards and picturesque villages.
  • Rendez-vous at Roche Mère Henry

    © ADT Haute-Alsace/Jacques Louis Delpal

    The traces left by clashes between specialists explosives during the First World War, earned the nickname "Pelé" on Roche Mère Henry.