The Wine Route
The Wine Route is a capricious serpentine which curves around the eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains, peacefully winding round the mountains and passing through about sixty wine-producing villages. It encompasses some fifteen areas boasting "A.O.C. Alsace Grand Crus" (Vintage Wine) in the Bas-Rhin.
To wend your way along the main route from Strasbourg, take the N4 to FURDENHEIM H/R: beginning of the vineyards of the “Couronne d’Or”.
D30/D228 to KUTTOLSHEIM: Church with Romanesque bell tower, chapel Ste Barbe, small lake.
D220 to : overlooked by the TV relay station (372 m). View over the Kochersberg and the plain of Alsace.
MARLENHEIM H/BB/R/I (03 88 87 75 80 – email@example.com – www.marlenheim.com) : Northern gateway to the Wine Route of Alsace. Town with ancient historical roots. 17th century Town Hall, Steinklotz vintage wines. Trail through the vineyards. Weekly market on Saturday mornings. International open hike on Easter Monday. Alsatian Fair on 1st Sunday in June. "Wedding of Ami Fritz", traditional festival on 14 and 15 August. Grape-picking festival on 3rd weekend in October.
Either turn right from the D422 to WANGEN H/R: Mediaeval fortifications with two-tower gateway.
- D142 WESTHOFFEN C: Alsatian cherry capital. Remains of mediaeval fortifications with towers. Traditional 15th-16th c. houses. Renaissance fountain. St Martin’s church with 14th c. choir and stained-glass windows. 19th c. synagogue made of sandstone from the Vosges. Cherry festival on 3rd Sunday in June.
D625 TRAENHEIM R: Church with 12th c. tower and 15-16th c. nave. Merovingian sarcophagus. Traditional houses. Trail through the vineyards.
D225 BALBRONN: Fortified church and cemetery (12th c.). Wine festival on 3rd weekend in September.
D275 BERGBIETEN : 16th c. tithe barn. Altenberg de Bergbieten vintage wine. Trail through the vineyards. Near FLEXBOURG, former pilgrimage church.
DANGOLSHEIM : Partially Romanesque bell tower. Near the drinking trough, underground passage-way dating back to Roman times leading to two harnessed springs. /
Or turn left from the D422
D220 KIRCHHEIM : Former Merovingian residence of the Kings Dagobert, Charles the Fat and Saint Richarde.
ODRATZHEIM : Church with Romanesque bell tower. Baroque château 1765.
SCHARRACHBERGHEIM-IRMSTETT H/R: Church with 11th c. bell tower. "Wasserbourg"-type castle (15th c. reworked). Microbrewery. Viewpoint from Scharrach Mount (alt. 316 m).
DAHLENHEIM : Well dating back to 1563. Engelberg vintage wine. Trail through the vineyards.
D225 OSTHOFFEN : Renaissance castle with moat 16th-17th-19th c.. Nearby in HANDSCHUHEIM R.
D45 ERGERSHEIM : 18th c. place of pilgrimage to Our Lady of Altbronn. St. Michael’s chapel. Cistercian monastery 1895. Kefferberg wine festival the last weekend in August in years ending in an even number.
WOLXHEIM : Village overlooked by the Horn (statue of the Sacred Heart 1912). Chapel of St. Denis cemetery. Altenberg de Wolxheim vintage wine. /
SOULTZ-LES-BAINS : Partially Romanesque church bell tower. Spa of Sulzbad. Pillbox path.
D422 AVOLSHEIM : 11th c. chapel. Dompeter church consecrated by the Aslatian pope Leo IX in 1049. End of the vineyards of the “Couronne d’Or”.
D422 MOLSHEIM H/C/R/S/I (03 88 38 11 61– firstname.lastname@example.org – www.molsheim-mutzig.com) : Former university and Episcopal town on the Bruche river. Fortified town walls. Renaissance Metzig building (Guild of Butchers). Jesuit church (1617) with Silbermann organ. Museum of Chartreuse and the Bugatti Foundation. Bruderthal vintage wine. Trail through the vineyards. Weekly market on Monday mornings. Wine Fair on 1st May. International Bugatti Festival on 2nd weekend in September. Grape festival on 2nd weekend in October. St Nicholas procession on 1st weekend in December.
D30 MUTZIG H/R/S: Birth place of Chassepot, the inventor of the rifle of the same name (1866). Rohan castle houses the municipal museum devoted to sword arms and knives manufactured in Klingenthal and fire-arms manufactured in Mutzig. 18th c. town hall, 18th c. synagogue hidden behind the Mediaeval town walls. Mutzig fortress 1893-1918. Weekly market on Friday mornings. Festirock on last weekend in June. Procession of "Sans-Culottes" on 13th July. Beer festival on 2nd weekend in August. Flea market on last Sunday in August.
D392 DORLISHEIM : Trail through the vineyards. Wine festival on 2nd Sunday in July. Flower-decked procession and Mirabelle festival on 3rd Sunday in August.
D500/D35 ROSHEIM H/BB/C/R/S/I (03 88 50 75 38 – email@example.com – www.rosheim.com) : Former town of the Décapole (1354). Double fortified town walls. 12th c. Romanesque St Peter and Paul’s church. Romanesque house. Renaissance well. Weekly market on Friday mornings. Flea market on last Sunday in May. Snail festival on weekend of 14th July. Munster cheese festival on weekend before 15th August. Flower-decked procession on 2nd Sunday in September. Christmas market on first 3 weekends in December. Near ROSENWILLER, former Jewish cemetery (17th c.).
D422 BISCHOFFSHEIM H/R: Place of pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bischenberg. Magnificent view over the plain of Alsace.
D216 BOERSCH BB/R/I (03 88 95 82 43 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.boersch.net) : Fortified 14th c. town wall. Renaissance town hall and well. Bourg festival on 2nd weekend in July.
D35 OTTROTT H/BB/R/I (03 88 95 83 84 – email@example.com – www.ottrott.com) : The town’s speciality - Ottrott red wine - is celebrated on the 3rd weekend in August. "Les Naïades" giant aquarium.
- D426 OBERNAI H/C/R/S/I (03 88 95 64 13 – firstname.lastname@example.org ) : Former town of the Décapole (1354). 16th c. town hall. 15th c. corn market. Renaissance well. 16th c. chapel tower. Fastinger courtyard. Vestiges of three very old synagogues and 19th c. neo-Roman style synagogue. Ramparts. Trail through the vineyards. Weekly market on Thursday mornings. Folk festival "Hans em Schnokeloch" on the Sunday after 14th July. Wine fair on weekend of 15th August. Grape-picking festival on 3rd Sunday in October. Christmas gastronomy market on weekends in December until Christmas.
SAINT-NABOR CH : Ruins of Niedermunster Abbey (12th c.).
D35 HEILIGENSTEIN H/BB/R: Town hall with statue of Ehret Wantz who introduced Klevener wine in 1742, this vintage being specific to the village. Fountain (1588). Klevener wine festival on weekend before 15th August. Nearby, the ruins of Landsberg castle (alt. 580 m): the higher 12th c. castle still boasts its high square keep with a superb Romanesque facade and beautiful oriel window, further down, two round towers and a fireplace with elegant columns from the early gothic period in the lower, 13th c. castle.
BARR H/BB/C/R/I (03 88 08 66 65 – email@example.com – www.pays-de-barr.com ) : 17th c. town hall, 12th c. bell tower on Protestant church. Folie Marco Museum. Kirchberg de Barr vintage wine. Trail through the vineyard. 1 signposted mountain-bike trail. 3 signposted biking tours. Weekly market on Saturday mornings. Motorbike race on the mountain slopes on 2nd weekend in May. Wine fair on 2nd weekend in July. Gastronomy day on 15th August. Grape-picking festival on 1st weekend in October.
Nearby, GERTWILLER H/BB/R: Alsatian capital of spice-bread, Museum of spice-bread and traditional life, and towards the plain, the wine-producing villages of GOXWILLER-BOURGHEIM, Christmas market on the weekend before Christmas, ZELLWILLER-STOTZHEIM CH and SAINT-PIERRE BB/C : Microbrewery.
D 35 MITTELBERGHEIM H/BB/R (03 88 08 01 66 – www.pays-de-barr.com): overlooked by the ruins of 14th c. Andlau castle (alt. 437 m) with its high walls flanked by two round towers, the village is characteristic of the vineyards and has been labelled as one of the “prettiest villages in France". Former oil mill. Zotzenberg vintage wine. Trail through the vineyard. Wine festival on last weekend in July.
EICHHOFFEN : Moenchberg vintage wine.
D425 ANDLAU H/R/I (03 88 08 22 57 - firstname.lastname@example.org – www.pays-de-barr.com ) : Romanesque St Peter and Paul’s abbey church with 10th c. crypt. Houses from 17th and 18th c.. Well (15th c.). Kastelberg, Wiebelsberg and Moenchberg vintage wines. 1 signposted mountain-bike trail. Weekly market on Wednesday mornings. Wine festival on 1st weekend in August. Christmas market on 2nd weekend in November. Nearby: ruins of 13th c. Spesbourg castle (alt. 470 m) with its high square keep in a corner of the fortified wall, beautiful windows and gothic fireplaces.
D253/D335 ITTERSWILLER H/BB/R/I (03 88 85 50 12) : An ancient Roman road runs through the village. Beautiful panorama towards the south. 1 signposted mountain-bike trail.
Nearby, located in a charming valley : BERNARDVILLE, 1 signposted mountain-bike trail, and REICHSFELD : Former 12th c. Abbey
335 EPFIG BB/C/R: Romanesque St Margaret’s chapel (12th c.). Trail through the vineyards. 1 signposted cycling trail.
D703 BLIENSCHWILLER H/BB/I (03 88 92 40 16): Winzenberg vintage wine. "From stock to glass" - discovering vines and wines on 1st and 2nd Thursday in August.
Nearby : NOTHALTEN BB: Muenchberg vintage wine.
D35 DAMBACH-LA-VILLE H/BB/C/R/I (03 88 92 61 00 – email@example.com - www.pays-de-barr.com ) : Mediaeval town encircled by ramparts, three gateways. Houses with galleries. Gables and corbels. 16th c. town hall. St Sebastian’s chapel (11th c.). Little touristic train. Frankstein vintage wine. Trail through the vineyards. Woodland trail. 1 signposted cycling trail. Weekly market on Wednesday mornings. Herba Asperulae festival on last Sunday in May. Night-time wine festival on 1st Saturday in July. Bear festival on 4th Sunday in July. Stockburneowe on 1st Sunday in August. Wine fair on 14th and 15th August. Christmas market on 3rd weekend in December. Nearby: ruins of 12th c. Bernstein castle (alt. 552 m) with its beautiful facade, pretty Romanesque windows and accessible keep.
SCHERWILLER H/BB/C/R/I (03 88 92 25 62 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.chatenois-scherwiller.net) : Half-timbered houses on the banks of the river Aubach. Guardroom with oriel window (1670). Tithe courtyard. Trail through the vineyards. 1 signposted mountain-bike trail. "Art, Craft and Riesling" on 3rd weekend in August. Gourmet’s trail on 1st Sunday in September. St. Nicholas festival and Christmas market on 1st Sunday in December in years ending in an odd number. Nearby: ruins of 13th c. Ortenbourg castle (alt. 444 m), imposing pentagonal keep made of blocks of granite with beautiful, sculptured sandstone windows and the ruins of 13th c. Ramstein castle, (alt. 390 m)
CHATENOIS H/BB/YH/R/I (03 88 82 75 00 – email@example.com – www.chatenois-scherwiller.net ) : 13th c. church with Silbermann organ. 12-14th c. Witches’ Gateway. Remains of the ramparts and 13th c. castle, fortified cemetery. 2 signposted mountain-bike trails. Weekly market on Thursday mornings. St George’s fair on 1st Sunday in May. Traditional festival on 4th Saturday in July. St. Nicholas’ festival and Christmas market on 1st Sunday in December in years ending in an even number.
Nearby: ALBE, a typical village in Val de Villé, the heart of kirsch land. Popular arts and traditions museum. Illuminations in Albé on 3rd weekend in August.
N59 SELESTAT H/C/R/S/I (03 88 58 87 20 – firstname.lastname@example.org – www.selestat.tourisme.com ) : Former town of the Décapole (1354). St. Foy Romanesque church (12th c.). Gothic St George’s church (13th-15th c.). 19th c. synagogue with ritual bath (mikveh). Vauban’s ramparts. Various civil buildings from the Renaissance period. Humanist Library housing a precious inventory from 7th to 16th c.. Alsatian Bread Museum. Nature reserve in Illwald Forest. Weekly market on Tuesday mornings. Local produce market on Saturday mornings. Carnival parade on 3rd Sunday in February. Flower-decked procession on 2nd weekend in August. Sélest’art from mid-September to mid-October in years ending in an odd number. Christmas market for three weeks before Christmas.
D159 KINTZHEIM H/BB/R/I (03 88 82 09 90): Traditional houses. Old fountains. Leisure park. Praelatenberg vintage wine. St. Urban’s festival on last Saturday in May. Stockbrunna owa on 1st Saturday in August. On the road to Haut-Koenigsbourg: the ruins of 13th c. Kintzheim castle (alt. 300 m), home to the Eagle Aviary and further on, Monkey Mountain. - HAUT-KOENIGSBOURG (alt. 710 m): a vast 12th c. Mediaeval fortress burned down by the Swedes in the 17th c. , rebuilt at the beginning of the 20th c. by Wilhelm II of Hohenzollern in the style of a castle from the end of the 15th c. Nearby, the ruins of Odenbourg castle (alt. 733 m).
159/D35 ORSCHWILLER H/BB/C/R: Houses from 15th c. and tithe courtyard. Former customs house. Praelatenberg vintage wine. Traditional festival on 3rd weekend in July. Traditional festival on 3rd weekend in August.
D1B SAINT-HIPPOLYTE - BERGHEIM - RIBEAUVILLE - RIQUEWIHR - KAYSERSBERG - N415 COLMAR (03 89 20 68 92).
N.B. Off the main Wine Route near Wissembourg, are the AOC vineyards of CLEEBOURG H/BB/R - ROTT H/R - OBERHOFFEN - STEINSELTZ - RIEDSELTZ. They offer original sights well-worth a detour: cf. Tour “From Northern Alsace to the Northern Vosges”.
H = Hotel / BB = Bed & Breakfast / YH = Youth Hostel, Stop-over gîte / C = Camp site / R = Restaurant / S = Swimming / I = Tourist Information