Saturday, 8 September 2012

La Route du Vin d' Alsace - Haut Rhin

After a drive through mountainous villages and finally a piece of tarte flambée, our destination for the day was reached: Ribeauvillé.

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Ribeauvillé, or the home of Trimbach wine! Short break at the hotel and off to the wine tasting! I bought one bottle  Riesling « Cuvée Frédéric Emile » and Gewurztraminer « Cuvee des Seigneurs de Ribeaupierre » which are waiting now for a nice gathering with friends to be sampled.

Ribeauvillé and the house of Trimbach
But the house of Trimbach was not our last destination in this pretty village. On the other end of town M. Windholtz has his distillery and makes delicious fruit liqueurs. After a nice chat with the owner and some glasses of liqueur, we had to carry our treasures back to the hotel in 35°C... But I can highly recommend the liqueur de Myrtille. 

quartier pittoresque
the destiller's old equipment

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Before we set off to Colmar, we went once again back to the mountains to have a look at Château Haut Koenigsbourg. One can see it already from the road on top of the highest visible mountain and the view is once again amazing. 

Chatêau Haut-Koeningsbourg
and the view to the valley

Ribeauvillé, Riquewihr & Hunawihr are the three grand cru villages and definitely worth a stop for their high quality wines though along the Route du Vin, I also recommended to give less famous villages and wines a chance, because with an open eye and mind, one can find positive surprises on every corner.

I have chosen our hotels always in smaller villages, so our last night in Alsace we spent in Turkheim, close to Colmar. The village is nicely situated and it's quite famous for its tradition of the night guard. We basically bumped into the singing crowd and followed them for a couple of blocks to see what it is all about and to explore our surrounding. Alsatian dialect is a mixture of German and French, though I think it's easier for me to understand than for the French, because the words are still so similar.

But back to Colmar, we explored this lively city in the afternoon and found a real nice restaurant:
La Petite Venise (4, rue Poissonnerie) 
as aperetif we had the Muscat Heyberger-Salch
followed by foie gras and escargots as a starter
 as a main course we had Poêlade au Munster and Tourte au Riesling
and as a dessert the Moelleux au Chocolat served with raspberry sorbet

It was so delicious!

Also very nice was the market hall with local cheeses, fruits and vegetables, meat and spices.

Another cute little village nearby with a nice restaurant is in Niedermorschwihr the
Le Caveau Morakopf (7, rue des Trois-Epis)
We got already seduced just by the smells of the kitchen.

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Our last trip through Alsace brought us from Eguisheim to Thann. I felt a bit pity leaving this beautiful landscape and little villages behind, but the next destination was Lorraine and we were curious to explore more.

Thann was a bit strange at the beginning as it doesn't share the typical architecture of the alsatian villages but it is also charming. So after our last alsatian lunch, our journey on the Route du Vin from Marlenheim to Thann was officially over, but behind the Vosges Mointains was more to explore.

alsatian lunch break

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