Southern Alsace Wine Route
After breakfast this morning, check out of your accommodation and set out with your guide to discover the Southern section of the Alsace wine route.
Begin with a visit of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle for a self guided tour. Towering at almost 800 metres above sea level, Haut-Koenigsbourg boasts an exceptional panoramic view over the surrounding area . Built in the 12th century, the castle bore witness to nine centuries of European conflicts and rivalries between feudal lords, kings and emperors.
After your visit, continue on to the Ribeauvillé/Riquewihr wine producing area that is surrounded by 5 Grand Crus appellations: Geisberg, Kirchberg, Osterberg, Schoenenbourg and Sporen. You will have the opportunity to visit Riquewihr, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France., for a wander of the town and some free time for lunch.
If Riesling is without a doubt the king of grapes in this area, Pinot Gris, Muscat and Gewürztraminer are also known to produce excellent wines on the neighboring soils. Here famous wine growers include the Trimbach family that have been making wine since 1626 or the Hugel family who only began their activity in 1639! Not only will you be amazed by the beauty of these two Medieval towns, it is also here that you will experience your afternoon tasting in one of the most highly selected wineries such as Trimbach or Louis Sipp to complete your Alsace wine tasting experience.
Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.
Colmar a captivating town that exudes charm and beauty at every turn. Known as the "Little Venice" of Alsace, Colmar is renowned for its enchanting canals, colorful half-timbered houses, and cobblestone streets that transport visitors back in time. The town's well-preserved medieval and Renaissance architecture creates a delightful atmosphere, with famous houses like the Maison des Têtes, The house Pfister and the well-known Petite Venise quarter, a former tanner’s quarter. With its flower-filled balconies and ornate facades adding to its allure, Colmar is rich in history, exceptional cuisine, and warm hospitality,