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short wine tours of alsace

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short wine tours of alsace

we are visiting in June for 3 days and looking for a good base for hotels and wine visits

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1. Re: short wine tours of alsace

To get around I recommend car hire, or drive to Alsace in your own car.

Recommend Colmar or local villages such as Eguisheim, Turckheim, Kaysersberg for attractive accommodation and closeness to wineries.

Do bear in mind that 2 June - Thursday - is Ascension Day ... a public holiday in Alsace, and 12-13 June are Whit Sunday and Monday, again public holidays and lots of visitors are in the area so please book as soon as you can.

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The wine route is relatively short. Colmar is a good urban centre with a magnificent museum. Agree that Turckheim, Kaysersberg, Eguisheim are all central and appealing but probably the most attractive spot is Riquewihr, a small walled town with a number of reasonable hotels and decent restaurants. Nearby Ribeauville is a bit bigger and not quite so chocolate box charming but also worth thinking about. Bear in mind [you may know this anyway] that Alsation wine is merchant dominated; they don't have chateau based vineyards. The cooperative at Turckheim is a user-friendly visit and they make decent wines. Much of the basic British supermarket Alsation wine comes from them but they also do more expensive specialised stuff.

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I've been around on this earth for a fair few years and am still learning as I've never heard the phrase 'merchant dominated' before.

Just to say that there are two major types of wine producers here. There are cooperatives that are often based in a town or village - such as Turckheim, Pfaffenheim (an exceedingly good one) Ingersheim (called Jean Geiler), Wuenheim (slightly further south but with excellent wines and a museum) - and family-run wineries.

These family-run wineries produce for different markets - some export nearly all their production - but there are many local vignerons who sell all their production to the locals.

Amongst the many 'famous' producers are Trimbach at Ribeauvillé, Faller at Kaysersberg, and Hugel at Riquewihr. But don't discount the local producers! Note that Alsace only produces 7 whites and one red, (all served chilled) so don't expect robust reds or southern rosés. I recommend however that you try Alsacian Crémant (sparkling) and if brave, a shot of local Marc (colourless spirit made from grape skins and pips). The Marc de Gewurztraminer is probably the most easily found.

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Thanks...very useful as we are now thinking of going w/c 13th June. Are there any wineries that we should go to and or book. Probably flying to Basle from London if that is sensible...?

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Thanks for letting me know. I understand that there is a good cycle route to tour the wineries...?

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excellent - how many days do you suggest? We are thinking of 2 days exploring the wines and countryside probably by car and bicycle after flying to Basle.

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also any nice places to stay around Riquewihr perhaps or elsewhere on the wine route/...?

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http://www.ot-colmar.fr/index.php?lang=en should give you a heads up on accommodation.

If you are going to hire a car, that's the best way to get around the wineries and to and from your hotel.

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Basel is a great place to fly into - if you are hiring a car when you arrive make sure to book it from the French part of the airport as it's cheaper that way and much more convenient to exit onto the autoroute.

If you want to hire bikes you can get them in Colmar. From Colmar both Eguisheim and Kaysersberg are very close by if you aren't too energetic. Most travel between villages is fairly flat.

colmar.fr/vie-quotidienne/location-velos.html

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