Alsace Grand Crus Private Wine Tour from Colmar

Alsace Grand Crus Private Wine Tour from Colmar

Sample famed and delicious wines on a picturesque wine trail

Tour type: Private , Duration: 8 Hours

Product ID: 53630
Description

This exceptional private tour is dedicated to the most famous wines of Alsace, those that belong to the Grands Crus classification.
 
The Grand Crus of Alsace were created in 1975 and feature 51 classified areas defined according to strict geological and climactic criteria. The designation is attributed to wines satisfying a number of quality-related criteria: strict limitations on terroir, highly restricted yields, specific rules of conduct regarding the vines, minimal natural ripeness levels and taste. The appellation Alsace Grand Cru recognizes the most exceptional terroirs, which impart to the wines an expressive character and a unique authenticity. The size of these exceptional vineyards varies between 3 and 80 hectares. Only 4 grape varieties can be used to produce Alsace Grands Crus wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat (Alsace variety), and this tour is the perfect opportunity to discover these unique Grands Crus wines.
 
You will have the privilege of tasting some of the most outstanding Alsace wines. Starting in the Ribeauvillé wine producing region, you will taste fabulous Rieslings that originate from the Kirchberg (marl and sandstone), Geisberg (marly limestone) and Osterberg (calcareous marl)Grands Crus. The hallmark of Ribeauvillé wines is their minerality. In fact, while most Grand Cru...

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This exceptional private tour is dedicated to the most famous wines of Alsace, those that belong to the Grands Crus classification.
 
The Grand Crus of Alsace were created in 1975 and feature 51 classified areas defined according to strict geological and climactic criteria. The designation is attributed to wines satisfying a number of quality-related criteria: strict limitations on terroir, highly restricted yields, specific rules of conduct regarding the vines, minimal natural ripeness levels and taste. The appellation Alsace Grand Cru recognizes the most exceptional terroirs, which impart to the wines an expressive character and a unique authenticity. The size of these exceptional vineyards varies between 3 and 80 hectares. Only 4 grape varieties can be used to produce Alsace Grands Crus wines: Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat (Alsace variety), and this tour is the perfect opportunity to discover these unique Grands Crus wines.
 
You will have the privilege of tasting some of the most outstanding Alsace wines. Starting in the Ribeauvillé wine producing region, you will taste fabulous Rieslings that originate from the Kirchberg (marl and sandstone), Geisberg (marly limestone) and Osterberg (calcareous marl)Grands Crus. The hallmark of Ribeauvillé wines is their minerality. In fact, while most Grand Cru Rieslings have 1.5 g solids/liter, Ribeauvillé wines often reach 2.5 g/liter. Some of the most famous winemakers that produce these Grands Crus include Trimbach or Louis Sipp.
 
Then, move on to discover a most unique and confidential Grand Cru: Kaefferkopf (literally ‘beetle head’). Divided into several sectors of the charming little town of Ammerschwihr, this Grand Cru is characterized by a complex geological substratum, combining granite on its upper parts with shelly limestone then sandstone lower down. Depending on availability, it will also be the moment to discover biodynamic winemaking (a form of alternative agriculture very similar to organic farming, but which includes various esoteric concepts) in wineries such as Domaine de la Sinn or Domaine Martin Sschaetzel.
 
Finally, reach the southern part of the Alsace wine route and discover emblematic Grands Crus such as Steinart, Goldert or Hatschbourg. It is in this part of the wine region that you will discover local Muscat. Alsace Muscat is distinguished from the sweet Muscats of the South of France by its dry character. Extremely aromatic, it expresses wonderful flavors of fresh fruit. You will also  taste some exceptional Gerwurtztraminers that originate in the Hatschbourg Grand Cru. These are full-bodied wine, with solid structure and a round fullness. In tasting these wines, one rediscovers the complete aromatic palette, often with the addition of liquorice. Harvested very ripe, “late harvest” and “Selection de Grains Nobles” Gewurztraminers ranging from sweet to viscous, possess exceptional richness and extraordinary aromatic complexity.

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About this activity
Group size
2 - 8
Languages
English, French
The meeting point
Pick up from your hotel/cruise ship in Colmar

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Includes
  • Visit 3 Grand Crus producing wineries
  • Three wine tastings
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Transportation in comfortable minivan
  • Free Wifi access on board
  • Bottles of water in the minivan

 

  • Meals and drinks
  • Wine tasting fees
  • Entrance fees to monuments, museums, attractions

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Cancellation Policy

  • For cancellations made 7 days to 72 hours prior to arrival there is a fee of 10% of the overall price.
  • For cancellations 72 hours to 24 hours prior to arrival, the fee is 30% of the overall price.
  • There is no refund for cancellations made 24 hours prior to arrival. 

Organized by

Nancy

After 15 years of working for International Tour Operators in France and abroad as a professional tour guide, I decided to create small group tours in 2005. Ever since, I organize, design and conduct with a team of accredited Guide/Drivers small group wine tours in all the main wine growing regions of France


Product ID: 53630

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