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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The pretty wine villages to the south of Colmar in the Alsace wine region have some excellent wineries to visit and we have chosen to list those who combine a great welcome with great quality wine selections. Simply click on each of the wine producers below to find full contact details, visiting conditions and a description.
This is the capital of the department of the Haut-Rhin, the southernmost of Alsace’s two departments. It has a wonderfully preserved medieval centre, some good hotels, restaurants and shops - and one of France’s driest, sunniest climates (the Tourist Office unfailingly reminds visitors that only Perpignan gets more hours of sunshine). The Musée Unterlinden is a must for Matthias Grünewald’s magnificent, multi-faceted Issenheim altarpiece.
One of the best preserved villages in Alsace, chock full of multi-coloured, higgledy-piggledy half-timbered houses and a night watchman who does the rounds each evening in summer. Some cheerful wine bars and a good hotel.
This village is a little gem with its perfectly preserved double circle of medieval ramparts, several restaurants, a butcher and baker for picnic provisions, and a couple of small hotels.
Rouffach has an elegant town square including tall Renaissance buildings with stepped gables and storks posing on the rooftops. For years it played host every Ascension Weekend to a mildly alternative Foire aux Pain, Vins et Fromages Bio (organic bread, wine and cheese fair), now held in Colmar.
This town strikes a Scottish note with its pink sandstone churches and grand town houses, and is dominated by Domaines Schlumberger’s impressive terraced Kitterlé vineyards, which rear steeply up from the town.
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