The Alsace region is located in eastern France on the border with Germany. The region has excellent wines and a renowned traditional cuisine.
There is a strong local dialect which is still spoken, a mixture of French and German. The vineyards, extending on low hills at the foot of the Vosges mountains, are not situated higher than 200 to 400 meters, and benefit from a good exposure to the sun.
The climate, semi-continental, rather dry and sunny, helps to ripen rich and sweet grapes. The soils are varied: granite, schist, gneiss, sandstone, limestone, giving to each wine its character, complex and unique personality. Essentially white and dry, aromatic and spicy, the Alsace wines are closer to those from Austria and Germany wines, but higher in alcohol and lower in sugar.
Grape varieties include Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Sylvaner, Pinot Gris and a small amount of Pinot Noir. Styles range from the bone dry through semi-sweet to delicious late-harvest dessert wines.