More about the sparkling Crémant d’Alsace wine

A good glass of wine contributes to the friendly atmosphere in many occasions. The sparkling wine is the wine of celebration par excellence. Crémant d’Alsace is riding high. The village of Riquewihr, with the estate Dopff Au Moulin has been the birthplace of sparkling wine in Alsace for more than 100 years ! Learn more…

Riquewihr, most beautiful wine village …

When I was a student in Strasbourg, the villages along the wine route and especially Riquewihr were on the top of my list for weekend escapes. At that time I could hardly guess that years later I would have the opportunity to undertake in Riquewihr all that exciting heritage renovation works … See more pictures…

Grape picking as in the early 1900’s

Grape picking as in the early 1900’s
In 2018 this very special harvest will take place on SEP 23, 2018 (the grapes are ripe much earlier this year). Come and join us!

Weekly markets in Alsace: Grab your basket!

One of the pleasures of a holiday in Alsace, in any season, is to visit a weekly market to buy fresh local produce. So grab your basket and let’s go ! Markets in Alsace are an old tradition Local markets in Alsace were created in the Middle Ages by the princes. They were frequently set…

Alsace Wine Route : open wine cellars in Mittelbergheim

Spring is here and the season of wine festivals has begun. The winemakers of the village of Mittelbergheim (between Sélestat and Obernai) unveil once a year in spring, the secrets of their cellars. A unique opportunity for lovers of Alsace wines to get acquainted with an Alsatian village of exceptional architectural and wine heritage but…

Fantastic Morgenstreich – my Basel Carnival picture gallery

The Morgenstreich is a major and spectacular event that starts the Basel carnival. The Morgenstreich or procession of lanterns, is consistently held the Monday following Ash Wednesday. It is a must attend for many Alsatians … Here is my picture gallery of this year. See our updated Carnival page for the current year here. Wake…

The White Stork, my beautiful queen of Alsace

When the end of the Summer is getting nearer the Alsatian storks are gathering for their yearly long trip to the south … My fascination with the stork goes back to childhood. It was a bird which was much talked about in the books, especially the tales and legends. On the contrary, when I was…

Spring in Alsace and the real history of the Easter Bunny

Once more, Spring is here! Actually the past 15 days were pretty mild and sunny already. The music and noises made by Carnival succeeded in chasing away the cold spirits of the Winter. Nature is awaking: in the vineyards and landscapes … All over Alsace and the upper Rhine valley but also in the Vosges…

Meisenthal glass factory, craddle of the Christmas bauble

Further north of the Vosges mountains, at the edge of Alsace and Lorraine, there are several villages (St-Louis, Lemberg, Goetzenbruck, Soucht and Meisenthal) which had long specialized in producing glass and crystal ware. The village of Meisenthal is famous for its Centre International d’Art Verrier (CIAV; international center for studio glass). Glass has been produced…

5 Christmas markets are awaiting you in Colmar!

The Christmas markets 2018 will start officially in Colmar Nov. 23, 2018 and will welcome you every day until late December, 31. Colmar is located in the very center of Alsace, a mere 10 kilometers away from the Alsace wine hills. Colmar and its surroundings has a sunny microclimate and is the second driest city…