Celebrating 60 Years of Alsatian Wine Route
Officially established as a tourist route in 1953, the Alsace Wine Route gently winds its way from the north to the south of Alsace, covering more than 170 km. It runs from valleys to hillsides, through almost 70 wine-producing villages where nearly 1,000 producers open the doors to their cellars to share their passion for wine. Vineyard trails, friendly winstubs and cool, welcoming wine-tasting cellars are dotted throughout the route, offering a range of Alsace wines to be discovered at your leisure.
Here and there, mysterious castles and medieval ramparts appear, like a series of stepping stones full of history and imbued with tradition. You can discover these sites during hikes or bike tours. He who dares to go off the beaten track will discover the Wine Route's most hidden delights; from the porte de Thann (in the south) to the porte of Marlenheim (in the north), take the time to get to the heart of the Route, to meet wine producers, taste their wines, and to experience everything they have to offer.
Throughout the year, Alsace will swing to the rhythm of a whole host of celebratory events paying tribute to the Alsace Wine Route and its divine landscapes. An original event will be held, far from the chaos of traffic. New trails will be opened along the entirety of this famous route so that you can explore the vineyards in a fun, leisurely way. Tech lovers can explore the Alsace Wine Route by geotracking with their GPS, while sport fans can take the new Vineyard Bike Route and show off at the Vineyard Marathon.
Participate in a Grape Harvest
During the 2013 grape harvest period
Alsatian wine-producers offer tourists the chance to join in on traditional Alsatian grape harvests and introduce them to ancient techniques which set the tempo for the harvest period. You can also explore the vineyard and learn more about wine-making. It is the ideal occasion to meet fascinating people and enjoy a unique experience.
The offerings vary depending on the wine-producer, and may include:
Grape harvests in the vineyards
Grape pickers' lunch
Tour of the cellar and explanations of wine-making
Other possible activities: watching a pressing session, and tastings of grape pressings and the estate's wines.
Wine and Grape Harvest Festivals
All over Alsace from June to October 2013
The summer season and its long evenings pay tribute to the various wines of Alsace, with wine celebrations and other merry wine-related events to mark the occasion. Summer in Alsace is thus packed with plenty of wine-themed celebrations, when visitors can explore the region at its very best, with traditions offering even greater pleasure as the years go by. Each village celebrates its very own traditions. Cellars throw open their doors, tastings take place in sociable environments and village processions give a new life to traditional customs.