From cycling past lush vineyards to sipping vintage wines in traditional cellars, following the Alsace Wine Route is a quintessentially French experience. Here are a few ways to explore the route’s rolling vineyards, hilltop castles, and medieval towns as an excursion from nearby Strasbourg.
On a half-day tour along the Alsace Wine Route, travel with a guide and stop in at two local wineries to sample the delicate wines in production. You’ll taste wines such as gewürztraminer, pinot gris, pinot blanc, and riesling; visit the traditional cellars; and gain insight into how wine is made in France and the Alsace.
If you have a little more time to spend, full-day tours delve deeper into the Alsace region, and you can sample more of the diverse wines on offer. Follow the Alsace Wine Route to beautiful villages such as Dambach-la-Ville, Mittelbergheim, Ribeauvillé, and Riquewihr—hidden near the Vosges mountains near the border between France and Germany. En route, stop at various wineries to meet the winemakers and sample the wines for which the Alsace is famous. Alternatively, take a scenic route through the Alsatian countryside to the traditional towns of Colmar and Eguisheim, and the medieval village of Riquewihr. Taste local wines along the way, and visit the 12th-century High Koenigsbourg Castle, widely considered among the region’s top attractions.
Things to Know
- Morning and afternoon half-day tours along the Alsace Wine Route from Strasbourg typically last four hours.
- Full-day tours typically last eight to nine hours and offer the opportunity to purchase your own lunch.
- Tours usually include wine tastings and round-trip transportation, plus walking tours and entrance fees where applicable.