"Grands Crus" Alsace Wines Tour from Colmar

Sample Famed and Delicious Wines on a Picturesque Wine Trail

Explore carefully selected wineries on the Grands Crus Wine Trail

Sample the most famous wines of Alsace

English-speaking, hand-picked, local expert guides

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Trip Details

Price:

510€ per group


When:

Every day, upon request
April 1st to October 31st 2019


Duration:

8 hours


Trip style:

Private wine tour
Minimum 2 people, maximum 8
If your group is larger than 8, please get in touch with us.


Meeting point:

Pick up at hotel in Colmar or cruise ship in Breisach for all private tours.


Inclusions:
  • Visit in 3 Grand Crus producing wineries
  • Professional wine guide & driver
  • Travel in recent & comfortable minivan
  • Free WiFi access on board
  • Bottled water

Exclusions:
  • Personal expenses & insurance
  • Tasting fees in the wineries
  • Meals & drinks
  • Entrance fees to monuments or museums
  • Gratuities for the driver/guide

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 climactic 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 local 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 from Colmar has been crafted so that you may have the privilege of tasting some of the most outstanding Alsace wines. At first, meet your English speaking driver guide (other languages on request) and travel in a fully equipped air conditioned minivan. Your wine tour 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 estates 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 then sandstone lower down. Depending on availability, it will also be the moment to discover bio dynamic wine making (a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but which includes various esoteric concepts) in wineries such as Domaine de la Sinn or Domaine Martin Sschaetzel.

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 Gerwurtztraminers 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 Alsace wine tour is private so we can adapt it to your wishes. These fantastic french wines include whites wines, sparkling wines but also lesser known alsace pinot noirs. During the day, please note that it is also possible to stop and visit some of the most beautiful alsatian villages such as the village of Riquewihr. This full day Alsace private tour is perfect to taste the great wines of this wine producing area.

Good to Know

  • Tour requires minimum 2 passengers (adults) to operate
  • Carefully selected wineries that produce “Grands Crus” Alsace wines
  • Tour is operated in English, other languages on request
  • Tour involves some walking, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Tour is not recommended for persons with reduced mobility
  • Tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • Prices are per minivan (not per person)
  • Currency is in Euros
  • Our standard cancellation policy applies to this tour – you can read about it here

 

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