Alsace Rocks

ALSACE ROCKS

Top quality wines. Diversity of soils. Passionate winemakers. Discover why this French region rocks.

Alsace, the picturesque region of France is renowned for its world-class white wines, affordable sparkling wines and elegant reds. Alsace has a wine to please anyone whether you are looking for easy-going, well-priced wine, a Crémant d’Alsace sparkling wine made in the traditional method or a Grand Cru wine for more complexity, Alsace has it all.

THE REGION

LOCATION
Northeastern corner of France, right next to Germany and above Switzerland.

VINEYARDS
38,600 acres of vines along 75 miles. 15%+ of all vineyards in Alsace were organic or biodynamic, making the region one of the greenest in France.

WINE ROUTE
Oldest established wine route in the world celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017, 105 miles long and 9 miles wide.

TERROIR
13 different and very distinct types of soil from volcanic to limestone to clay, the most diverse terroir in France.

PRODUCTION
In 2019, 124 million bottles or 10.4 million cases of wine were produced.

WEATHER
Protected by the Vosges Mountains, Alsace is the 2nd driest region in France with around 20 inches of rain per year. Alsace also experiences a lot of sunshine with 1,800 hours annually (in Colmar). Warm days and cool nights allow for slow ripening, which produces complex, aromatic and balanced wines.

THE WINES

STILL WINES
Aromatic, unoaked, dry, complex, balanced, high quality and very food-friendly. 90% of the wines are white. 7 main grape varieties (in order of vineyard plantings): Riesling (21.8%), Pinot Blanc (21.3%), Gewurztraminer (19.8%), Pinot Gris (15.4%), Pinot Noir (10.2%), Sylvaner (6.8%) and Muscat d’Alsace (2.3%).

SPARKLING WINES
Crémant d’Alsace makes up 25% of the production and is produced in the traditional method from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, Pinot Noir (all Crémant d’Alsace Rosés are 100% Pinot Noir) and Chardonnay (only for Crémant production).

SWEET WINES
Vendanges Tardives (VT): Late harvest wines made from Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Pinot Gris or Muscat d’Alsace. Grapes must be hand-picked and are often botrytized. Sélection de Grains Nobles (SGN): Same varieties but with multiple rounds of selective, hand-harvesting and all botrytized grapes.

APPELLATION SYSTEM
AOC Alsace is 71% of the production, Crémant d’Alsace is 25% and AOC Grands Crus is 4% (predominately Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat d’Alsace).

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