Embark on our 2017 Alsace Study Tour with professional-level instruction on site coupled with a certificate program!}
The Alsace Wine Tour and Study Trip Highlights:
Alsace is uniquely positioned in North-East France, between the Vosges Mountains and the German border. Cut off topographically from the rest of France and wide open to the Rhine and its people, Alsace has developed a unique culture and wine tradition that is an amalgamation of both Teutonic and Gallic influences. With 5 sub-regions, 13 grape varieties, 200+ terroir styles, and 1,000 producers crafting more than 10, 000 cuvées of dry, semi-dry, semi-sweet or sweet wines every year, Alsace is incredibly complex. This tour will allow you master this fascinating wine region.
- Discover the Alsace wine region with your instructor, Andrew Jefford, an award-winning journalist for Decanter magazine, presenter of Decanter master classes and an author of numerous books on wine including The New France.
- Tour through Alsace and study the difference in Alsace wine styles.
- Experience insider tastings with winemakers at top Alsace estates. Taste different vintages and experience the depth and remarkable quality of these distinguished wines.
- Taste rare sweet wines considered amongst the greatest botrytis-affected dessert wines of the world.
- Learn about winemaking practices in Alsace when guided by the sun, the moon and the stars with a pioneer of biodynamic viticulture in the region, Olivier Humbrecht, MW
- Lunch and dine in the region's best restaurants and discover the signature dishes of Alsace and their traditional wine pairings.
Travel with a group of wine students who are serious about wine, either as wine professionals or committed wine lovers. Share an educational, convivial and unforgettable experience while gaining a complete understanding of Alsace wines.
Your Tour Instructor & Guide: Andrew Jefford
- Award-Winning wine journalist for Decanter Magazine
- Featured presenter for Decanter Education's masterclasses
- Author of twelve books on wine including The New France
He went above and beyond with a serious and significant effort to enhance the learning value of the study trip through his daily talks on the bus, his commentary on the visits, his portable reference library and his impeccable follow through on every single question that came up"
Enjoyed Andrew’s lectures and accounts which had no wasted words, precise and insightful. He is a true professional and up-to-date scholar (rare) whose precise explanation was very helpful"
Andrew Jefford was gracious, charming, knowledgeable and dedicated. I would love to do future tours with Andrew as leader."
Your Tour Manager: Mary Kirk-Bonnet
Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mary Kirk-Bonnet, Sommelière-Conseil. Mary has been leading wine tours in France for over 10 years, and teaches wine in the Paris area.
« I can’t wait to guide this trip. Alsace is one of my favourite regions, and the long June days should make it an ideal time to visit. » Andrew Jefford
Monday, June 5
- Participants arrive independently to Strasbourg and check into the charming Hotel Beaucour, ideally located in the town center.
- Evening on your own to explore Strasbourg with our suggestions for fine restaurants.
Tuesday, June 6 | B, L, D
- Meet the rest of the group and instructor Andrew Jefford in the hotel lobby, and set off for the vineyards. As you travel, Andrew will explain the complex geology of the Alsace wine region and give you an overview of the terroirs you’ll be visiting.
- Visit Domaine des Maronniers, where you’ll have the rare opportunity to taste wines from the three Grand Cru terroirs of Andlau in the same vintage with winemaker Guy Wach.
- Continue your tasting over a pleasant lunch in the grape pickers’ dining room at the domain.
- As you get closer to Colmar, visit another great estate (TBD) with an extensive tasting.
- Visit one of the finest estates in Alsace, Domaine Zind-Humbrecht, and taste wines from the three main grape varieties from each of their four principal terroirs with Olivier Humbrecht, MW.
- Check into 4-star Hotel Rapp, ideally located in the historic center of Colmar.
- Enjoy a gastronomic feast for your welcome dinner, at Colmar’s premier restaurant, Michelin 2-star Restaurant JY’s.
Wednesday, June 7 | B, L
- At Domaine Marcel Deiss, Mathieu Diess will discuss biodynamic winemaking and their philosophy of co-plantation as you taste their impressive range of wines.
- Stop at Domaine Mittnacht Frères, nested in the vineyards of the gorgeous village of Hunawihr. Chef Yuka Mittnacht will prepare a gastronomic japanese lunch paired with the biodynamic wines of the domaine.
- Learn how a large Alsatian cooperative works at the Cave Cooperative de Ribeauvillé, and taste a number of their fine cuvées.
- Visit one of the most emblematic Alsatian producers, Maison Trimbach, and taste their great domaine and négociant wines.
- The evening is yours to explore Colmar and dine in one of the city’s many excellent restaurants.
Thursday, June 8 | B, L
- Begin the day with a walk through the vineyards with Philippe Blanck at Domaine Paul Blanck, followed by a tasting of their wonderful Gewurztraminers and Rieslings.
- Enjoy lunch of traditional specialties at Le Raisin d’Or.
- This afternoon, visit two great traditional producers, Domaine Albert Boxler and Domaine Schoffit.
- Enjoy dinner on your own with our suggestions for fine restaurants in Colmar.
Friday, June 9 | B, D
- At Domaine Albert Mann, you’ll explore red Pinot Noir wines from the great terroirs of Wettolsheim and observe how the terroir affects the style of the wines.
- Andrew will lead you on a short walk through the Schoenenbourg vineyards overlooking the village of Riquewihr, one of the best-known Grand Crus in the region.
- Arrive in Riquewihr, a beautiful village with typical Alsatian architecture. Enjoy lunch on your own and time to explore the village and shop in its many fine boutiques.
- Visit Domaine Marc Tempé, a small, biodynamic producer who has become an emblematic winemaker in Alsace, and taste his range of wines in bottle and in barrel.
- Tonight you’ll enjoy a very special farewell dinner at top restaurant La Taverne Alsacienne. Joining Andrew this evening is Alsace native Thierry Meyer, Decanter Regional Chair for Alsace, who will lead the group through a multi-course dinner paired with mature vintages of prestigious Alsace wines.
Saturday, June 10 | B, L
- Visit renowned Domaine Weinbach, where you’ll taste Rieslings from the granitic Grand Cru Schlossberg, as well as Gewurtztraminers from neighboring calcareous terroirs.
- In the beautiful village of Kaysersberg, enjoy a gastronomic take on traditional Alsatian “tartes flambées”at Flamme & Co., in a resolutely modern setting.
- Discover great Crémants d’Alsace at Maison Wolfberger, one of the biggest houses in Alsace and one of the largest producers of these sparkling wines.
- Your study trip ends with a group transfer to Colmar train station.
Legend for meals included in your tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
- Domaine des Marronniers
A great chance to taste Grand Cru Riesling from three contrasting soil types around the village of Andlau
- Domaine Zind-Humbrecht
What can we say? Olivier Humbrecht is, in my opinion, the world’s greatest white-wine maker, and his dazzling range is a masterclass in terroir differentiation
- Domaine Leon Beyer
Perhaps the least well-known of the region’s great, traditional houses – come and discover an insider’s secret with us ...
- Domaine Marcel Deiss
The high priest of complantation: an essential visit for anyone interested in Alsace’s long-lost varietal blends
- Domaine Mittnacht
Biodynamic wines of supreme delicacy – and delicious Japanese food to match, from husband-and-wife team Christophe and Yuka Mittnacht
- Cave Cooperative de Ribeauvillé
The Alsace co-operative scene is France’s liveliest – and Ribeauvillé stands at its summit
- Maison Trimbach
The source of Alsace’s most sought-after, prestigious and expensive dry wines – and a traditional house undergoing some fascinating transitions as a new generation takes over ...
- Domaine Paul Blanck
Brilliant terroir wines – and a chance to walk the vineyards they come from, too
- Domaine Schoffit
One of the two greatest sources (with Zind-Humbrecht) of the region’s most characterful Grand Cru: Rangen de Thann. Alexandre Schoffit is a new-generation star
- Domaine Albert Boxler
Jean Boxler is the quiet genius of Niedermorschwihr. Find out for yourself why everyone is racing to try Boxler’s wines
- Domaine Albert Mann
One of Alsace’s most charming families – and our chance to try top-flight Pinot Noir from a master Pinot-grower
- Domaine Marc Tempé
One of the most articulate biodynamic artisans in the region
- Domaine Weinbach
Virtuoso wines in the rich style – and the chance to see how the new generation is building on the work of their forebears
- Maison Wolfberger
The only co-operative owner of a section of Grand Cru Rangen de Thann – and a chance to see an Alsace co-operative at a different scale to Ribeauvillé
« I’m confident that our programme couldn’t be bettered for a perfect overview of everything this region has to offer curious wine students -- and drinkers. »
* Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control. The wine estates visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality.
Your 5 Day, 5 Night Alsace Immersion Study Trip includes:
- Instruction throughout by renowned Decanter columnist and wine educator Andrew Jefford
- The complete Wine Scholar Guild Alsace Master Level study program, including the written manual, access to the online modules for one year and online exam-sit. (Access to the Master-Level study program is granted 90 days prior to your departure and after your final payment is received)
- Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
- 1 night at 3-star Hotel Beaucour in Strasbourg
- 4 nights at 4-star Hotel Rapp in Colmar, double occupancy
- 1 gastronomic dinner at Michelin 2-star Restaurant JY’s, paired with great wines
- 1 gastronomic wine pairing dinner at La Taverne Alsacienne with Alsace expert Thierry Meyer, with mature wines of the region
- 4 gourmet lunches with fine wines
- 5 delicious breakfasts
- All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at top-quality wine producers
- All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants
- Price per person, double occupancy: US$ 4,220.00
Enrolled Student Price per person, double occupancy: US $ 3,995.00
- (Enrolled Student Price is for registrants already fully or partially enrolled in the Bourgogne Master-Level program**)
- Single Supplement: US$ 195.00
Deposit upon reservation: US$ 1000.00 per person, per trip
Get US$ 150 off each additional trip you take!***
NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available (2 single beds). Please let us know if you’d like to share a twinroom with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.
**The Enrolled Study Price applies to those currently studying in the Alsace Master-Level program or who have completed it. Full registration in the Alsace Master-Level program means students who have previously ordered the Alsace Master-Level study manual, exam registration and online study program.
***After you have reserved your first Study Trip in 2017, you will receive a Discount of US$150 for each additional Study Trip you take in the same calendar year. This Discount will be deducted from the final balance payment for each additional Study Trip. You must pay in full for the first Study Trip you reserve to be eligible to receive the Discount for additional Study Trips.
Space is limited to 18 participants, so reserve your space today!
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Check out the exclusive wine tastings and prestigious Alsace producers from our past Alsace wine tours
Enjoy memorable meals at Gastronomic restaurants & Cellar
Credits picture: Restaurant JY’s
The following videos are abstracts taken from our Alsace Master-Level program webinars. Enjoy!
WEBINAR ABSTRACT: Alsace, The Gifted Non-Conformist with Andrew Jefford
WEBINAR ABSTRACT: Alsace wine Who's Who with Thierry Meyer
The following quiz is part of the WSG's French Wine Scholar study & certification program. Enjoy!
Estates visited on previous Alsace Wine Tours
We thank the following estates and individuals for having welcomed us and our students on passed study wine tours to Alsace.
Domaine des Maronniers
Domaine Marcel Deiss
Cave Cooperative de Ribeauvillé
Chateau de Kientzheim
Domaine Albert Mann
Domaine Leon Beyer
Domaine Mittnacht Frères
Domaine Albert Boxler
Domaine Marc Tempé
Chateau de Kientzheim
Domaine Paul Blanck