The route des vins (or the wine route) weave from the north to the south in Alsace over more than 170 km (105 miles), going through the hills of the vineyards. With the help of a simple and pleasant itinerary, distinguished by road signs at each entrance to a small village, it is easy to go through these 120 cities and villages who overflow with wine growers and bottles to taste. Enough to get giddy!
While weaving through the route des vins, up to you as to where you want to stop in one of the villages so that you can taste one or two wines….The wine growers open the doors with great pleasure to their cellars which have stone walls (the older cellars are dug into the ground and look like caves), most of the time every day without any reservation necessary. Sundays as well as during the wine picking period (from September to October), it is strongly suggested that you call ahead to make a reservation.
They will invite you to a wine tasting after a winery visit and some explications about the wine growers’ know-how and passion for growing grapes.
Five of the ten villages in the Kaysersberg Valley are located on the route des vins in Alsace:
-Ammerschwihr that has the highest number of wine growers and especially, the famous 51st Grand Cru the Kaefferopf.
- Katzenthal, real close to Colmar
-Kientzheim and its winery museum and its Alsatian wine, the brotherhood of Saint Etienne, the vineyard path. The small winery village isn’t less than the heart of the well-known Alsatian Pinot Gris.
-Sigolsheim and the Mambourg hillside progresses to the Alsatian plains.
Right in the center of Alsace, they stay among the must-stop places in the region, where a stop is unmissable! On foot, a bicycle or in a car, you will definitely take a lot in!!