Alsace, in the far north-eastern corner of France, stands out from other French wine regions thanks to its strong Franco-Germanic influences. These are the result of the region having switched back and forth between German and French sovereignty in recent centuries – and are evident not only in Alsatian architecture and culture, but also in the wines.
The Alsace region lies between the Vosges mountains to the west which shelter the region from rain bearing winds blowing across northern France. Vines are planted on the eastern foothills to benefit from the morning sun.
Alsace produces mainly white wines from grape varieties such as Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc, Muscat and Sylvaner. Some very light reds are also produced from Pinot Noir.