Which wineries and vineyards should you visit in Alsace? This is one of the questions I get asked all the time by you, my dear readers… It took me a while to answer, simply because I don’t know much about wine. Of course, I drink wine and I enjoy it (well only white wine actually, so I’m in the perfect place in Alsace), but I’m no connoisseur.
However, over time, various encounters have allowed me to get to know a few wineries in Alsace. This is why I have decided to share with you these addresses, and to complete the article bit by bit with my new discoveries. Considering the amount of wineries and vineyards on the Alsace Wine Route, I know that it is sometimes hard to know where to go. I hope that this short list will be of help.
You won’t find here analyses of the wines you can find a the different wine-growers (I would be completely unable to do that). These are simply the addresses I would recommend to friends coming to visit the region and who would want to visit a few wineries and buy some good wine. This list is 100% subjective and non-exhaustive (nope, sorry, I haven’t tried all the wineries in Alsace!). There is no order in this list.
Even if some wine-growers welcome visitors without appointment, it’s always better to book your visit. This way, you’ll be certain that someone is available to make you taste the wines, to explain everything about the estate and to lead you into the wine cellar, if you wishes to!
For more recommendations, you can also find a selection of estates to visit on the website Rue des Vignerons, a site that also lets you book your tour online. After talking with friends with a better knowledge of wine than mine, they suggested this site, that recommends very interesting wine-growers. It seems worth a try as well! 🙂
Achillée in Scherwiller
Achillée, located in the beautiful village of Scherwiller is a biodynamic estate that I loved. It is run by the Dietrich family, a family of enthusiasts who welcome their visitors in the largest straw bale building in Europe (yes, that’s it!): in addition to producing its wine biodynamically, Achillée is committed to a global ecological approach. You can visit the winery and taste their very good wines, comfortably installed in one of the big armchairs of their superb room overlooking the vineyards. As a bonus, after-work events and food and wine pairing dinners are organized. A superb location, good wines and a team full of ideas, what more could you ask for?
Book a tasting, a tour and even a meal at Achillée on the website Rue des Vignerons.
Domaine Agapé in Riquewihr
Agapé, that’s the kind of estate I love. Located in Riquewihr, Agapé is run by a passionate and friendly winemaker, Vincent Sipp, who takes the time to talk to visitors about his work and his wines… And who produces, of course, very good wines! Add to this that the estate is in the process of converting to organic farming… What more could you ask for?
Book a tasting and a tour at Agapé on the website Rue des Vignerons.
Domaine Emile Beyer in Eguisheim
I had the opportunity to discover Domaine Emile Beyer during a wine tasting, when we could try various wines from Alsace. I enjoyed it and the domain is actually located in the heart of the famous village of Eguisheim!
Book a tasting, a tour and even a customised dinner with food and wine pairings at Emile Beyer on the website Rue des Vignerons.
Domaine Kuentz-Bas in Husseren-Les-Châteaux
A coup de coeur from Clémence who gets her wine from the Domaine Kuentz-Bas, located in Husseren-les-Châteaux, not far from Colmar! “I discovered Kuentz-Bas wine at a wedding. Their production is mostly organic and that’s exactly what I was looking for! My favorites are the Pinot Gris, the Muscat, very fruity, and their Mus “K” Bulles, an original sparkling wine.” Please note, Kuentz-Bas works in biodynamics.
Book a tasting and a tour at Kuentz-Bas on the website Rue des Vignerons.
Domaine Schoenheitz in Wihr-au-Val
The Domaine Schoenheitz is a beautiful address in the Valley of Munster, not far from Colmar, which I had the pleasure of discovering during an ecotourism outing on the theme of biodiversity in the vineyard, with a walk through the vines and then tasting. The estate works in sustainable agriculture.
Book a tasting, a tour at Schoenheitz (possibility to have a special tour for children) and wine and cheese pairing tastingon the website Rue des Vignerons.
Domaine Valentin Zusslin in Orschwihr
I found out about Domaine Valentin Zusslin by my friend Emilie, who works at Mouvement de l’Agriculture Biodynamique. Emilie has brought me several times bottles from this estate and I really enjoyed them each time!
Domaine Valentin Zusslin is certifed in organic and biodynamic agriculture.
You will find here the contact details to book your tour
Domaine Marcel Deiss in Bergheim
I was lucky enough to spend a few hours at the Domaine Marcel Deiss in the company of my friend Jean-Paul (and on his advice). I really loved the approach of this domain, which is why I decided to write a complete article about it: you can read here about the geo-sensory tasting at Marcel Deiss. As for the wines, they are simply fabulous! It’s not really surprising that this domain is really famous, in France, but also internationally.
Domaine Vincent Stoeffler in Barr
I tasted the Crémant of Vincent Stoeffler thanks to my friend Benoît from the agency Magnific escapades. Since then, I always have some in my cellar! He doesn’t only produce Cremant and you will also find other Alsace wines.
The Domaine Vincent Stoeffler is certified in organic agriculture.
Domaine Alfred Wantz (Stéphane Wantz) in Mittelbergheim
I had the opportunity to meet Stéphane Wantz several times, including during a wine tasting evening. Each time, I really enjoyed his wines, but also his explanations about how he works.
You will find here the contact details to arrange your visit .
Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss in Andlau
I discovered the Domaine Marc Kreydenweiss during an excursion with Magnific Escapades, and then again during an open house day organised by Antoine Kreydenweiss. On the programme that day, we were first welcomed warmly, were shown around a wine cellar and then enjoyed several tastings. We could try several wines and we actually left with several cases of wine, including some of natural wine (no added sulphite).
The Domaine applies the principles of biodynamic.
Domaine Sylvie Spielmann in Bergheim
I discovered the Domaine Sylvie Spielmann during an “Apéro chez le vigneron” organised every year by the Vignerons Indépendants d’Alsace. I really enjoyed the wines, but also the explanations from Sylvie Spielmann about her way of working. She’s really passionate and you could listen to her for hours!
You will find here the contact details to book your visit.
Domaine Martin Schaetzel in Kientzheim
Here is another winery discovered thanks to my friend Benoît, with good wines to taste and interesting explanations about wines!
You will find here the contact details to book your visit.
Domaine Pierre-Henri Ginglinger in Eguisheim
Same story as Emile Beyer for this wine-grower, who is also located in Eguisheim. I tasted and enjoyed several wines there!
The Domaine Pierre-Henri Ginglinger is certified in organic agriculture.
Vins Thomas – André et Fils in Ammerschwihr
My love story with Alsace wines stared with this wine-grower. My father-in-law has been buying Vins Thomas’ wine for years and I had the opportunity to taste it several times and to go and visit one day this small family estate. And to be totally honest with you, that’s where we bought the wine for our wedding!
The Domaine respects the principles of organic agriculture.
Domaine Hubert Metz (Cave de la Dîme) in Blienschwiller
I discovered Domaine Hubert Metz when I met the dynamic Céline Metz, a young winemaker who took over the reins of the family estate. Céline is passionate (and super interesting) and I took great pleasure in tasting her wines in her very pretty tasting cellar, a cellar that dates back to the 18th century.
The Domaine Hubert Metz is certified in sustainable production.
Domaine du Bollenberg (Clos Sainte-Apolline) in Westhalten
The Domaine du Bollenberg is a good address for Clémence! “I discovered their wines (exclusively organic) during an outing with my colleagues. Formerly “Clos de la Sorcière” (until 1936), this estate, which was taken over by a woman at the time, is run by the third generation of the Meyer family. I was won over by their dry 2014 Riesling with citrus aromas and by their late harvest Gewurtztraminer. Note their late harvest Gewurtztraminer “Grains gelés” from a single harvest on a night in December 2012, at -14°!””
Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital
Completely different from the other adresses presented here, this is a wine cellar and not a wine-grower. Please have a read of my complete article about the Historic Wine Cellar of Strasbourg Hospital to know more. It’s definitely worth the visit, even though tastings are only offered for groups.