After leaving Strasbourg on we headed to Ribeauvillé, Rodern and Riquewihr. This represents a small section of the Route du Vin that traces its way on a north south axis through Alsace. We explored the beautiful countryside, the fine linens of Ribeauvillé, the views of medieval castles, the ancient alsacian charms of the fortified town of Riquewihr and the ubiquitous vineyards.
Alsacian wine is the best in the world! It is grown on the eastern slopes of the Vosges mountains looking towards the Black Forest in Germany across a valley formed by shifting continental plates. This has revealed the layers of sediment on which the vines sit to grow their delicious Gewurtraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and Riesling grapes.
Also, you may not know that it is one of the driest areas of France: Colmar has the second highest sun hours in the whole of France, which all helps to keep the grapes nice and dry. J took me to walk in the vineyards of where my favourite wines are from, thank you so much Christian!