Route du Vin

There are few things I enjoy more than a good glass of wine, so when I discovered Alsace had its own Route du Vin, there was no way I was going to let that opportunity pass.

Snaking its way through the Alsatian countryside in the shadow of the Vosges mountains, the Route du Vin is so-called because of the many, many vineyards in the area. This is wine country and all around us, the fields and hills were filled with row upon row of grape vines.

And all along the winding road were caves selling the wares made from these luscious green vines, the most tempting of which were the caves advertising cremant d’Alsace, the local fizzy, which I’d already sampled extensively and can attest is delicieuse.

A shop selling pretzels in Riquewihr, Alsace

Dotted along the Route du Vin were pretty little towns and villages, the most notable of which were Ribeauville and Riquewihr.

We stopped at Riquewihr, a picturesque town of charming, brightly-painted timber houses, many of which have been turned into shops selling Alsatian produce for the visiting tourists, such as pretzels (above) and kougelhopf (an Alsatian cake shaped like a crown).

Pretty clock tower in Riquewihr on the Route du Vin in Alsace

A lot of the wine shops let you sample the produce before you buy, and we bought a local Riesling and a Sylvaner. I’m not a big fan of white wine, but the Riesling was very drinkable.

A blue house in Riquewihr, Alsace

My favourite shop in Riquewihr was the cheese factory, an underground warehouse filled with huge rounds of stinky, yellow goodness. It may have smelt decidedly pongy, but the cheeses looked divine.

The other shop worth a visit is the Christmas shop. It looks fairly innocuous from the outside, but inside it’s a never-ending cavernous lair dedicated to all things Christmas. I have never seen so many Christmas baubles in all my life.

The Route du Vin is fairly short, but it’s a lovely drive. The vineyards are very attractive, especially when the sun is shining, and the towns and villages charming.

Plus there’s the added bonus of lots of wine just waiting to be tasted on practically every corner…

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  1. Thanks for sharing. My partner Andy and I love the Alsace. We live in Switzerland but near the border and often pop over the border for a tarte flambée and a glass of Riesling! Last summer we hiked from the north to the south of the Alsace along the wine route, camping all the way and our backs and feet paid the price! I have a poetry blog here on WordPress and today’s poem is about our Saturday in Riquewihr in case you have time to look? Sam 🙂

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    1. Thanks Sam! It’s an incredible part of the world, you’re lucky to live so close. Hiking the Alsace along the Route du Vin must have been a great experience, it’s so pretty and then there’s the wine… Thanks for letting me know, I’ll check out your blog ☺

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