The wine-growing region
The vineyard forms a setting where the following wine-producing cities and villages are nestling in :
- Beblenheim, typical wine-grower village, located at the foot of the Grand Cru « Sonnenglanz » (Sun glare),
- Bennwihr, village destroyed during the 2nd World War which managed to recover the serenity on an Alsatian wine-growing village,
- Bergheim, one of the few cities, which has conserved quite all its medieval ramparts,
- Hunawihr, village listed among the « Most beautiful villages in France », overlooked by the St-Jacques-le- Majeur church surrounded itself by a fortified cemetery which highlights this remarkable whole of the Alsatian heritage,
- Mittelwihr, where almond trees flower every year, which gives the village it’s surname of “Midi de l’Alsace” (“South of Alsace”),
- Ribeauvillé, town of the minstrels, overlooked by the majestic ruins of the 3 castles of Ribeauvillé,
- Riquewihr, the « Gem of the Alsace vineyards », city listed among the « Most beautiful villages in France », is an open-air museum surrounded by a double medieval rampart,
- Rodern, the cradle of Pinot Noir,
- Rorschwihr, peaceful wine-growing village situated in the hollow of a small valley of which’s hillsides are offering very diversified soils,
- Saint-Hippolyte, in the heart of the vineyard, at the foot of the Haut-Koenigsbourg castle,
- Zellenberg, the vineyard’s fortificated town, perched on a hill (285 metres high), in the middle of the vineyard.
The wine cellars
The wine cellars situated in these villages enable the visitor to immerse himself in the world of vineyards, the landscape, trades and products which make the Ribeauvillé-Riquewihr region’s reputation and bring happiness to the connoisseurs of the delicacies of the table.