As a living symbol of Alsace’s fine food and wine, the Alsatian Wine Route weaves its way through France’s thousand-year-old wine producing area for a distance of 170 km (100 miles). The Alsatian Wine Route passes through a string of picturesque villages in well-known wine producing towns, and offers breathtaking views illustrating the richness and diversity of the Alsatian landscapes. This wine route is the perfect day trip activity if spending a long weekend in Strasbourg. The first stop on our personalized Alsace wine route was one of the most popular and well-known towns: Colmar.
Colmar was the largest of the Alsace wine route villages that we visited. We made Colmar the first stop on our tour as it was the southern most village from Strasbourg, and we knew it was a stop we didn’t want to miss. This turned out to be a great plan as the streets started filling with tour buses as we were leaving. We arrived by car from Strasbourg around 8am and spent about 2.5 hours exploring the cobble stoned streets and candy-colored buildings. Strolling the streets with no particular plan did not disappoint and arriving before many of the other tourist allowed us to stop for breakfast and a cappuccino at a peaceful café without feeling rushed. Next stop on our personalized Alsace wine route was: Ribeauville.
Ribeauville is one of the oldest medieval towns in Alsace. It was one of our favorite stops because of the overwhelming character. Their are quaint cafes down discrete alley ways and colorful shutters on mid-century buildings. The drive in between Colmar and Ribeauville produced the most scenic views of vineyards on rolling hills and medieval castles perched up on the top of mountainsides. You can pull over along the side of the road and take in the view of rolling hills and vineyards for days. This is a must see if you are only making a few stops along the wine route. Next stop on our personalized Alsace wine route was: Mittelbergheim.
Mittelbergheim was a very small town but the center square was the most picturesque. Flowers poured over each railing and the prominent building in the city center was painted a bright pink to match. We stopped here for a quick stroll and a glass of wine before heading to the next town on the route. Next stop on our personalized Alsace wine route was: Barr. The drive between Mittelbergheim and Barr was the second best drive on the route for the scenic view. Barr was an extremely beautiful town but was so small we drove through it before we found a parking spot, so we just kept driving. Our last stop was: Obernai.
Obernai was the last stops on the wine route before reaching Strasbourg. There was a lively band playing in the city center when we arrived and a crowd gathered around listening. The architecture resembled that of Colmar or Strasbourg but there was a different feel to Obernai – something juvenile not felt elsewhere. This town will rise up to anyone’s expectations whether it be gourmet food, exceptional wine, or history buff. Obernai is a stop that should not be missed.