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5 months 3 weeks ago #772 by Jennifer Mason
Replied by Jennifer Mason on topic Visiting Alsace...
Hi Julien
Thanks for these recomendations. I will have just a quick weekend in Alsace with my husband, teen daughter and two adult stepkids. We are taking the train to Strabourg. Obviously I would l8e to visit as many wineries as I can, but given the crowd are there any that would be more interesting to people less obsessed with wine? And is Colmar the best place to use as a base? Any suggestions would be most welcome!
Many thanks
Jennifer

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5 months 1 week ago #777 by Julien Camus
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Hi Jennifer,

Sorry for the late reply. Yes, Colmar would be a really nice place to use as a home base (but you'll need a car to get into the vineyards/villages). A majority of the most stunning wine villages are right around Colmar. Hard to think of wineries that would be more "family friendly " than others... Maybe pick wineries that are in the heart of gorgeous villages so that your family members that are less interested in wine can visit the charming streets and shops while you do the wet work?

If that sounds interesting, consider those villages/small towns:

Riquewihr (producers: Hugel & Fils, Dopff au Moulin, Mittnacht-Klack,...)
Ribeauvillé (Trimbach, Jean Sipp, Bott Freres,...)
Hunawihr (Sipp Mack, Mittnacht Freres...)
Kientzheim (Paul Blank)
Kaysersberg (Weinbach... but outside of the village center)
Bergheim (Deiss, Gustave Lorentz,...)
Eguisheim (Leon Beyer, Wolfberger, Paul Ginglinger,...)
Turkheim (Francois Baur, Zind-Humbrecht but outside town center)

Out of all these, Riquewhir and Ribeauvillé probably have the most to see for those less interested in wine (architecture and shops). Also AMAZING wine shop in Riquewhir just above Hugel winery on the main historic street (Boutique Vini) with incredible selection from all over France.

The other villages mentioned are very beatiful too... but more quiet, less touristy.

I hope this helps!

Julien

President
Wine Scholar Guild

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5 months 1 week ago #778 by Samantha Gill
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Hi Jennifer,
I was in Alsace last year and stayed in Riquewihr. Colmar is a bigger city with plenty of accom options and things to do, however if you prefer somewhere a little more quaint I'd suggest Riquewihr, its a beautiful little village, much quieter with lots of restaurants, tasting rooms etc and was easy to do some day walks through the vineyards to the neighbouring villages. I rented an apartment through Airbnb and it was like my home away form home.
You definitely will need a car to get around, but even with the crowds, the tasting rooms weren't too bad and with my non-existent French I managed to still have some great conversations and try some wines that weren't on the lists.
Its very easy to navigate around the villages too. Such a stunning region, I hope you have an amazing time :)

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4 months 2 weeks ago #781 by Jennifer Mason
Replied by Jennifer Mason on topic Visiting Alsace...
Julien

Thanks so much this and apologies for MY late reply. This is really helpful. We have decided to stay in Ribeauville and it turns out we will have a much smaller crowd. Just my husband and 15 year daughter (who is luckily very interested in wine although doesn't drink it) so we have a bit more freedom. I think it is a good suggestion to visit producers in towns that are also interesting just to keep things balanced for the rest of the family. I'll give a little update after my trip in June.

Thanks again
Jennifer

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4 months 2 weeks ago #782 by Jennifer Mason
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Thanks Samantha, I really appreciate the response. We will definitely visit Riquewihr, we can't wait!

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