France: Alsace

South of Colmar

The wines of the Haut-Rhin from Turckheim to Guebwiller
By Sue Style

This Guide was last updated on 14 March 2011
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Frequent, lively events are scheduled in the vineyard villages throughout the summer with wine, oom-pa-pa music and dancing (a favourite pastime in Alsace) – some of the most interesting are listed below, but visit or for dates and venues.

Foire du Pain, Vin et Fromage Ecobiologiques

Small and delightfully alternative/homespun organic bread, wine and cheese fair held every Ascension weekend in Colmar’s exhibition space/fairground (same venue as the Foire des Vins d’Alsace, below)

Useful information: Check with the Colmar Tourist Office (see 'Useful Information').


Pique-Nique chez le Vigneron

Many independent vignerons celebrate this event every year on Whit Monday. Anyone can join the party – bring your own picnic; trestle tables, benches, shade (or shelter) and copious wine are provided, plus visits to the caves and explanations of the house winemaking style. Piano accordions and dancing not unknown.

Useful information: Visit and look under ‘Nos Rendezvous’ for dates and participating members.


Foire des Vins d’Alsace, Colmar

Huge ten day event in the exhibition space/fairground in Colmar in the first half of August, part showcase for Alsace wines, part popular festival, with competitions, tastings, round tables and a series of world-class pop concerts.

Useful information: Go to for the programme.


International Music Festival Colmar

World-class music festival held each July under artistic director Vladimir Spivakov with top soloists (e.g. András Schiff).

Useful information: 8 Rue Kléber, 68000 Colmar Tel: 03 89 20 68 97 Fax: 03 89 41 31 43
Email: Web: First two weeks in July.


Colmar at Christmas

Five fairytale markets throughout the town from late November till Christmas each year.

Useful information: Consult local tourist offices or visit for dates and venues.


Journées des Grands Crus d’Alsace

One weekend in mid-November the Comité des Vins d’Alsace official wine body puts on an annual tasting of Grand Cru wines. Sunday is open to the general public, Monday reserved for professionals (by invitation only). A good opportunity to meet top producers and taste fine wines in a beautiful setting.

Useful information: Contact the Maison des Vins d’Alsace (see ‘Useful information’) for details.


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