Festivities along the Alsatian Wine Road

Kaysersberg © T. Joly
Created in 1963, the Alsatian Wine Road turns sixty this year. A birthday marked by new tourism products and numerous events. One more reason to visit this region and discover its wines as well as its picturesque villages.

[ Practical ]

Getting there
- By road
490 km from Paris to Strasbourg on autoroute A4.
75 km from Strasbourg to Colmar on autoroute A35.
- By train
TGV from Paris Gare de l’Est to Strasbourg. The journey takes 2 h 25 mn.
TER train from Strasbourg to Colmar. Duration of the journey : 30 mn.
- Strasbourg
Cour du Corbeau
Hôtel du Dragon
Hôtel Pax
- Colmar
La Maison des Têtes
Hôtel Saint-Martin
Hôtel Le Colombier
- Kaysersberg
Hôtel des Remparts
- Ottrott
Hostellerie des Châteaux
- Obernai
Hôtel de la Cloche
Getting around
It’s necessary to have a car to get to the wineries
Divines d’Alsace
- Wine road
- Alsatian wines
- Alsace Tourist Office
Tel : 0389247350
One of the oldest wine roads and the most popular with nearly 6 millions visitors per year, the Alsatian Wine Road celebrates its 60th anniversary. On this occasion, many events are scheduled all along its course.
On May 10th, the independent winemakers of the region will open their cellar doors and organize an aperitif during which they will explain their work and offer wine tasting as well as wine and food pairing examples.

Alsace wines © T.Joly
 Slow Up
From May 18th to 20th, they will also invite the public over for a picnic in their vineyards, in their garden or in the courtyard of their estate and they will offer cellar visits, guided wine tasting as well as musical entertainments, guided tours of the vineyards, the villages and the tourist landmarks.
On June 2nd, a Slow Up will take place on a 20 km long stretch of the Wine Road, between Châtenois and Bergheim. All motorized vehicles will be banned and the sector will host numerous events : cultural and musical performances, tasting of local food products, bicycle rides, playful activities for children and so on. In addition the public is invited to come dressed in white, the colour of most wines produced in Alsace.
On June 15th and 16th, several foot races through the Alsatian vineyard will be organized around Molsheim.

 Marathon through the vineyard
The most important is a marathon passing by seventeen villages, but there will be also a half marathon, a 10 km competition as well as kids races. The routes will be punctuated by fun play areas for kids and by gourmet pit stops where you will be able to taste wines and typical Alsatian dishes.
On July 28th, members of the ten Alsatian wine brotherhoods will attend a mass at Strasbourg cathedral and then will parade through the city wearing their ceremonial costumes.
From June to August, cultural and artistic activities will take place at several estates of the Divines d’Alsace, an association bringing together sixty wineries whose winemakers or sale managers are women. Painting, sculpture and photograph exhibitions are on the agenda as well as poetry lectures. Till the end of October, treasure hunts especially aimed at families will be organized in several municipalities located along the Wine Road.

Alsace © T.Joly
 New bike trail
During the same period, a geo-caching will take place all over Alsace and participants will have to find caches hidden all over the region. A quest that will lead them in the vineyards and in unusual places.
Besides, a 120 km long bike trail going through the Alsatian vineyard from North to South will be inaugurated in September. Hiking paths have also been created or rearranged for this 60th anniversary. Lets name the Sentiers des Racines & des Rêves (Roots & Dreams paths) crisscrossing the surroundings of the village of Mittelbergheim, near Barr, especially designed to encourage tourist to draw what they see.
Lastly, as every year numerous traditional wine festival will be held in various village from June to October and Colmar will host the Foire aux Vins d’Alsace from August 9th to 18th. Another opportunity to taste the region’s fine wines but also the chance to attend concerts by famous bands such as Deep Purple and Blue Oyster Cult because this event includes a music festival.

April 29, 2013
Thierry Joly