The Alsace wine route travels 170 kilometres from North to South past rolling vineyards and on through pretty, flower-decked villages, with their half-timbered houses and medieval castles, makes it an interesting and picturesque drive. When starting in the north, the route begins in Marlenheim – Westhoffen – Molsheim, full of important historical, archeological and architectual sites. There is still charm in the old stonework in Molsheim’s old ruined ramparts and we can catch a glimpse of the past down the winding alleyways.
Next on through Rosheim to the charming village of Ottrott – Obermai – to the wine growing village of Barr,with it’s winding cobblestoned streets is, in summer, one of Alsace’s most attractive villages – follow the wine route along to Andlau – Mittelbergheim, which is well worth a
short detour off the main road to drive up and through the village, which is designated as one of France’s most Beautiful Villages. – Dambach la Ville – Kintzheim – Rorschwihr – Zellenberg – Ribeauville, here the ancient walls , streets, old houses and the wooden beams are always decorated just waiting for the next festival to begin. Travelling musicians and actors have always been protected here and every September 8th will see them fill the streets of Ribeauville to celebrate the Virgin Mary’s birthday – Riquewihr- Ammerschwihr – Turckheim – Colmar‘the Heart and Capital of Alsace’, an exceptional town due to the wealth and variety of its historical and architectural heritage. It is situated to Switzerland and to Germany between the rivers Vosges and Rhine.It offers a glimpse of 1,000 years of European history, it has an ancient city with an interesting past. The abbots of Murbach were responsable for the developpment of Guebwiller as well as building the surrounding walls. Their artistic influence is still apparent today in the form of beautiful religious edifices.-Cernay – Vieux Thann – and ending finally at Thann, The northern side of the town is overlooked by the Rangen vineyard, one of the few vineyards in Alsace to be classed grand cru. Also Thann is well situated for access to the Parc naturel régional des Ballons des Vosges.