Located in north eastern France, this region is known for crisp and aromatic white wines, sparkling wines and sweet dessert wines. The grapes of this region include the Noble grapes Riesling, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, and Muscat. Other grapes grown in Alsace include Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, and Pinot Noir which is the only red grape grown in the region. More esoteric grapes include Chasselas, Klevener and Auxerrois.
Alsace shares much in common with its neighbor, Germany. The vineyards run north to south between the Rhine River and the Vosges Mountains.
Contrary to most of France, labels on Alsace wines list the grapes used.
There are only three appellations:
Crémant d'Alsace -- Home to Alsace's sparkling white and rose wines. Grapes allowed include Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Auxerrois, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Riesling. These sparkling wines are typically non-vintage and should be enjoyed immediately.
Alsace AOC -- Nearly three-quarters of Alsace's wines are produced in this appellation.
Alsace Gran Cru AOC -- Alsec's best, with 51 vineyards producing the finest still white wines.