Les 7 grape varieties

7 cépages en Alsace

The A.O.C. (appellation of controlled origin) wines bear generally the name of their grape variety.

In Alsace, we distinguish 7 grape varieties :

  • 6 white wines : Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Riesling, Muscat d’Alsace, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer,
  • 1 rosé or red wine : the Pinot Noir.

Description of the 7 Alsace A.O.C grape wines :

Description of the 7 Alsace A.O.C grape wines :
Alsace counts 7 A.O.C grape wines. All of them are white wines except the Pinot Noir, which is a rosé or a red wine. Always aromatic but though different, their character find their fulness in the best soils.

The Sylvaner :

  • fresh and light, with a delicate flavour,
  • goes well with seafood, fish and cooked meats.

The Riesling

  • dry, distinguished, delicately, with a very elegant bouquet,
  • sometimes mineral or floral notes,
  • perfect with :
    • fish,
    • shellfish,
    • seafood,
    • white meats,
    • sauerkraut.

The Alsace Muscat :

  • inimitably fruity,
  • vinified dry,
  • perfect for aperitif, receptions and with asparagus.

The Pinot Blanc :

  • soft and delicate,
  • it is well suited to most of the dishes.

The Pinot Gris

  • nicely structured, rounded and has a long finish,
  • displays woodland aromas, sometimes slightly smoky,
  • excellent with :
    • foie gras,
    • white meats,
    • roasting meats,
    • offals.

The Gewurztraminer

  • full-bodied and nicely structured,
  • displays rich aromas of fruit, flowers or spices,
  • sometimes slightly sweet,
  • perfect :
    • for aperitif,
    • with exotic cuisine,
    • with strong cheeses,
    • with dessert.

The Pinot Noir

  • rosé or red wine
  • Displays its originality with
    • red meats,
    • game,
    • cooked meats,
    • goat cheeses and Gruyère.

The Edelzwicker (mix of grape varieties) :

The Alsace white grape varieties can be assembled to form an harmonious wine traditionally known as Edelzwicker, which is perfect for the starters.

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