Alsace wines and vines
Aided and abetted by its wines, Alsace is one of the most gourmet regions of France! Since the Middle Ages (13th century), Alsace wines have been acknowledged as the most prestigious in Europe. Over the centuries, the Alsace vineyards have known periods of prosperity but also moments of decline. The industry rose from the ashes after the First World War when the winegrowers decided to adopt a policy of quality by working with traditional vines. Today, all Alsace wine bears the label “Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée Alsace“, "Alsace Grand Cru" (vintage wine) or "Crémant d’Alsace" (sparkling wine). Labels bearing the inscription “Vendanges tardives“ (late grape-harvest) and “Sélection de grains nobles“ (noble grape) are for mellow or syrupy wine where the grape has been picked over-ripe. Alsace wines are served chilled (8 to 10 °C, 5 to 7 °C for thesparkling Crémant).