The Alsace wine route is one of the most popular and attractive ways to explore the traditional villages of the Alsace region, and to learn more about the wines that are produced.
The route covers more than 170 km as it traces a line from north to south broadly following the eastern edge of the Vosges mountains, and crosses the southern half of the Bas-Rhin department and the northern half of the Haut-Rhin department.
Along the route there are many opportunities to visit vineyards, admire attractive scenery, and to admire beautiful unspoiled villages of half-timbered, flower-bedecked houses.
There are also about 50 wines classified 'grand cru' that are produced along the route, so you will never lack an opportunity to try fine wines.
The route runs from Marlenheim (near Strasbourg) to Thann (near Mulhouse). Some of the highlights of a visit include:
The list below follows the places along the wine route from north to south:
Marlenheim - Wangen - Westhoffen - Traenheim - Bergbieten - Dangolsheim -Soultz-les-Bains - Avolsheim - Molsheim - Rosheim - Boersch - Ottrott - Obernai - Bernardswiller - Heiligenstein - Barr - Mittelbergheim - Andlau - Itterswiller - Nothalten - Blienschwiller - Dambach-la-Ville - Scherwiller - Châtenois - Kintzheim - Orschwiller - Saint-Hippolyte - Rodern - Rorschwihr - Bergheim - Ribeauvillé - Hunawihr - Zellenberg - Riquewihr - Beblenheim - Mittelwihr - Bennwihr - Sigolsheim - Kientzheim - Kaysersberg - Ammerschwihr - Ingersheim - Niedermorschwihr - Turckheim - Colmar - Wintzenheim - Wettolsheim - Eguisheim - Husseren-les-Châteaux - Voegtlinshoffen - Obermorschwihr - Hattstatt - Gueberschwihr - Pfaffenheim - Rouffach - Westhalten - Soultzmatt - Orschwihr - Bergholtz-Zell - Bergholtz - Guebwiller - Soultz - Wuenheim - Cernay - Vieux-Thann - Thann
The route is clearly marked and easy to follow...but it is also rather popular and during the summer some of the more popular villages can become a bit overrun with tourists.
Try exploring some of the places a little off the route if you get stuck behind too many tour coaches - there are lots of very pretty villages just off the route which become much less congested and there is great pleasure in discovering your own little quiet part of France!
See also the map of the wine regions of France