Why we love Alsace: Route du Vin
Outside of Colmar there is a string of picturesque wine growing villages running south to north (haut-rhin and bas-rhin upper Rhine and lower Rhine). This is called the route du vin (“veh”) or the wine route. Of these villages, a handful are among France’s Prettiest Villages. We also like to try to visit as many of these on our trips. Two birds, one stone.
We started in Eguisheim, which won the 2013 title and also houses some great vineyards. We got there early so the crowds were nil and walked the ramparts. We saw Pope Leo IX’s chapel (beautiful) and saw the storks that are famous in these parts. We ended up do a tasting, buying 4 bottles and then also buying some Alsatian pottery.
From there we drove to Turckheim and then to Kayserberg for lunch, which was our favorite. Kayserberg is situated in a strategic spot geographically and thus has been the site of many military battles throughout the years. It also results in dramatic scenery. Here we tasted again, bought some grand cru rieslings and tried some german/french pastries.
After lunch, we knocked out Hunawihr, Ribeauvillé and ended in Riquewihr. It was probably too big of a bite in one day, but we never felt rushed. The towns all start to look similar so we’d advise going to your top choice first and then zigging when others zag. Riquewihr is the most popular, but they all have their charms so find your favorite.
Cruising village to village through vineyards with the sunroof open and windows down–beautiful sights and fresh country air smells–is something we won’t forget!