Alsace is a region in the far north-east of France that, thanks to its climatic, natural and soil conditions, is characterised by soils of different types: gravelly, sandy, limestone, granitic, clay, marly, slate and volcanic. It is no coincidence that Alsatian wines are among the most appreciated in the world. Thanks to the presence of the Vosges Mountains to the west, which create a natural barrier, it is protected from frost and rain, while the Rhine provides the right amount of humidity, facilitating the growth of botrytis cinerea. The wine-growing area is divided into two parts: Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin with no less than 15.2 thousand hectares, totally dedicated to the cultivation of white grapes with a small percentage reserved for red wines. Alsace boasts three appellations of controlled origin (AOC): Alsace, reserved for single-varietal wines, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace, a sparkling wine made from pinot blanc grapes. The Alsace Grands Crus were introduced in the 1970s and today indicate those Alsatian wines made from noble grape varieties: Alsatian Gewürztraminer, Muscat d'Alsace, Pinot Gris and Riesling Alsace. xtraWine offers a wide variety of Alsatian wines that are distinguished by their soft, sometimes decisive structure, offering bottles from the best vintages of 2015 and 2016 with great persistence and complexity due to a higher concentration of noble moulds or natural substances. The Alsace wines proposed by xtraWine all belong to important wineries such as Domaine Muré, Domaine Marcel Deiss, Domaine Gruss & Fils and Mittnacht. Alsatian wines are ideal to accompany meat dishes, fish, shellfish, desserts and even cheeses.
Alsace, a wine-growing jewel located in the far north-east of France, borders Germany and boasts an intricate history. The region is a paradise for viticulture due to its unique natural, soil and climatic conditions. The soil varies from sandy to chalky, with influences from rivers and mountain ranges creating favourable microclimates. The Rhine provides moisture and the Vosges massif protects against the weather, allowing botrytis cinerea to develop.
The wine-growing area stretches like a tongue of land along the Rhine, subdividing into Haut-Rhin and Bas-Rhin, with a total of 15.2 thousand hectares dedicated mainly to white grapes. Only 8% of production is devoted to red wines. Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace are the three prized AOCs (Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée) of Alsace. The Alsace Grand Cru is a special designation for wines made from noble grape varieties such as Gewürztraminer, Rhine Riesling, Muscat d'Alsace and Pinot Gris.
The Alsatian Grands Crus, established in the 1970s, represent the essence of terroirs and can only be made from noble grape varieties. Alsace is known for its less dry wines, often characterised by residual sugar, making the 'moelleux' wines soft and aromatic. Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru can also produce sweet wines such as Vendage Tardive and Sélection de Grains Nobles, which make use of grapes that are over-ripened or affected by noble rot.
The maisons de négoce and cooperatives, such as Trimbach, Hugel, Cave de Ribeauvillé and others, are pillars of Alsace for the production of high-quality white wines. In recent years, organic viticulture has been gaining ground, along with the increasing quality of red wines based on pinot noir.
We invite you to explore the exclusive selection of Alsatian wines on xtraWine, where you will find the most sought-after and authentic labels. Each sip is a journey through the history, land and passion of this extraordinary wine region. Buy now on xtraWine and enjoy the pleasure of an authentic Alsatian experience, bringing the heart of France into your glass.