Alsace is located in northeastern France, and borders Germany. Throughout history, the region has been annexed back and forth between the two, often contentiously. However, since 1945 it has been officially part of France. Alsace is the smallest growing region in France, and 90% of it’s vineyards are planted to white varieties such as: Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer and Muscat.
Alsace sees a semi-continental climate, and is a dry, sunny region, enjoying a protracted and regulated growing season. The Voges Mountain range provides excellent protection for the vineyards as well as a diverse and ancient terroir, and there is excellent potential here for profound dessert wines in the Vendage Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles categories.
The cuisine of Alsace is influenced notably by its Germanic heritage. Famous dishes include tarte flambée (leek, bacon and cheese tart), choucroute garni (cabbage and pork stew) and matelote de poissons d’Alsace (freshwater fish and cream stew). All these work beautifully with the high acid, fruit driven white wines that are made locally.