Throughout the years the charming region of Alsace, with it's rolling hills and picturesque villages, has passed between the French and the Germans, it's easy to see how this rich history has left it's legacy on the wines from this region. Small in size at around 15,000 hectares, Alsace has a continental climate with hot summers and cold, yet dry winters. The region is also home to the beautiful Vosges Mountains National Park.
In it's wines, Alsace is almost typically German, dominated by dry whites with a sprinkling of Pinot Noir to appease fans of red. Aromatice, dry to off-dry interpretations of Riesling, Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris rule the vineyards, most often with floral yet spicy characteristics, you'll be hard pressed to find many wines throughout the world produced from these varietals that rival the quality of what you'll find in this area.
Also look out for Alsace's sparkling wines, often under appreciated and under priced, Crémant d'Alsace is regularly made from Pinot Gris and offers an excellent affordable alternative to other sparkling wines from France.