Located in eastern France, on the border with Germany and Switzerland, this designation bears the name of a white grape variety. Typical of the Rhine Valley, it produces mostly dry wines, including a handful of “Grands Crus,” along with semi-dry and sweet wines. Prized for their elegance, these delicious wines are wonderfully aromatic and age rather well.
What you need to know
Although Riesling has been grown at least since Roman times, this grape variety was first cultivated in Alsace in the 15th century. And in very small quantities. It only really took off in the late 19th century. In fact, it now accounts for some 25% of Alsace wine production! The secret of its success? A generally dry and fairly continental climate particularly well suited to this grape variety. Its grapes also adapt to very different terroirs, expressing them to perfection, from granite settings to clay-limestone soils. The result? White wines with an impressive aromatic palette.
How to use
Favorites include fish terrine, poached trout, John Dory with sorrel, coq au riesling, hare stew, gratin dauphinois, walnut cake, and many more.