If you follow me on Instagram, you probably have noticed that I have a strong love for wine. Pretty much any time I see a sign for wine tasting I have to stop.
While we were in Germany, my brother-in-law mentioned renting a car and driving to the Alsace wine region in France. It didn’t take much convincing (or any for that matter) before Alan and I were on board.
Alsace is about a 2 hour drive from Stuttgart. Once past Strasbourg, the landscape opens up to valleys filled with rows and rows of grapevines. The Vosges mountains lie just behind the wineries, and they play a vital role in the region’s production by creating a barrier for wind and rain.
The mountains are beautiful to look at on their own, but they are even better when they have castles scattered about. I have never seen so many castles in such a short amount of time!
We decided to wing it rather than looking up towns before we left Stuttgart, and I really think that was the best decision.
We hopped around from one town to the next all day tasting some of the best white wines, which is what Alsace is known for.
We meet some really friendly locals who told us all about their craft. One older woman in particular was really informative (and super cute). She owned a smaller winery where they still hand picked all of their grapes and have never once used any kind of pesticide, and her wine was still only 6 euro a bottle, so of course we had to buy a few bottles!
After a few tastings, we started getting hungry, but this posed a problem. All of these little towns shut down their restaurants after the lunch rush until dinner. We were out of luck until 6:30pm, and it was only 3, so be sure to bring snacks if you plan on going out wine tasting in the region.
Luckily we found a bakery that had just opened up, so we were able to grab a couple loaves of fresh baked bread and cheese. This would at least hold us over until the restaurants reopened.
The last place we visited is probably my favorite of the day. The town is called Ribeauville, and it is one of the oldest medieval towns in Alsace.
I pretty much felt like we were in a fantasy land walking around Ribeauville. It is absolutely beautiful, and it has one of the cutest Christmas stores I have ever seen. And this is coming from a person who worked at a Christmas store in Savannah for 3 years.
We drank wine until we couldn’t drink anymore. Thankfully my brother-in-law played the responsible role and was our DD because I could barely keep my eyes open once we got back on the road.