The Alsace climate boasts one of the lowest annual rainfalls in France, mainly due to being situated in the “rain shadow” of the Vosges mountains to the west.
The Alsace Wine Route winds its way from north to south, for more than 170 kilometres, along the eastern foothills of the Vosges from Marlenheim (67 Bas Rhin,Alsace) in the north, to Thann (68 Haut Rhin, Alsace) in the south. This delightful itinerary runs across a succession of undulating hills, through pretty villages with narrow streets of flower-decked, half-timbered houses, clustered around their church steeple.
Visitors can easily explore the heart of the vineyards, along numerous vineyard paths leading to the crest of each slope, where signs explain the work of the winegrower and the diversity of the grape varieties.
They are welcomed into winstubs (literally “wine lounges”) and tasting cellars to instantly discover the traditional appeal of the vine and the wine.
On the route in Eguisheim (68 Haut Rhin, Alsace) in the north you can enjoy the wine village’s Wine Harvest (Fete du Vin Nouveau) on 3-4 October 2015– see www.route-des-vins-alsace.com/fr
For more on the Alsace Wine Route (la route des vins d’alsace) see www.alsace-wine-route.com– but if you planning on spending any time on that site I suspect you may want to turn the sound off!
Hotels and other accommodation in and around Mittelbergheim, Alsace