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Colmar wine festival

The pretty Alsace town of Colmar (68 Haut-Rhin, Grand Est) is regarded as the Wine Capital of Alsace. In mid-summer 27 July – 5 August 2018 the town hosts a Festival of Music, Food and Wine – La Foire aux Vins d’Alsace.

Colmar wine fair poster Held at the Parc Expo this annual celebration of the good things in life is celebrating its 70th year in 2017.

Whilst wine is important, the music line-up is impressive with Status Quo and Sting amongst the artistes in 2017! For wine lovers there is plenty – 1500 tastings on offer from individual domaines and local syndicats with tutored tastings on offer – everything to explore the wines of Alsace. In addition there is the election of the Wine Queen, dancing, chef demonstrations and entertainment for the children.

For more info on the Colmar Wine Fair see www.foire-colmar.com

alsace wine bottleAlsace has a truly exceptional setting for making wine. Protected by the Vosges Mountains, this picturesque region is singularly blessed with enviable conditions: ancient soils, noble grapes and an extraordinary climate – one of the driest in France. Thirteen distinct terroirs make Alsace a mosaic unlike anywhere else. Here, minerality and freshness aren’t just concepts, they are the story of the wines.

Tucked into France’s northeastern corner, Alsace follows the Rhine River through its long, thin strip. The Vosges Mountains protect and provide Alsace with a backdrop for some of France’s most stunning scenery.
Central to this landscape of rolling hills and charming timber villages is the renowned Alsace Wine Route (Route des Vins d’Alsace), a 106 mile journey winding through more than 100 wine villages, 19 of which host 26 Michelin-starred restaurants. Incomparable weather and scenery, delicious eating and drinking, and generous hospitality make Alsace a feast for all the senses.