9am – Meet your driver guide in the lobby of your hotel and departure for a full day wine touring in Alsace.
Winetasting at Domaine Trimbach in RibeauvilléVisit of Riquewihr, ranked among the Most Beautiful Villages in France.Lunch at a quality winstub to be paid on site Meeting with Jean-Christophe Bott, the owner of Domaine Bott-Geyl in Beblenheim. Winetasting.
This is one of the most famous wineries in Alsace, and the largest exporter of Alsatian wines to the US. Alternative: winetasting at Domaine Marcel Deiss in Bergheim, famous for his mix of varieties of the same plots (complentation).
Winegrowing community on the Wine Route (altitude 300 m), Riquewihr currently has 1228 inhabitants and is a member of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in France. It stands 4 km from Ribeauvillé. Many shops and boutiques, as well as hotels, restaurants and Winstubs, an intermunicipal campsite, bed-and-breakfast rooms and furnished flats. Many winegrowers offer guided tours of their cellars with tastings.
Jean-Christophe Bott is heir to the family tradition dating back to 1795, when his ancestor, Jean-Martin Geyl tended his vines and made his wine. Jean-Christophe Bott has been responsible for Domaine Bott-Geyl since 1993 and he converted the vineyards to be organic in 2000 and then biodynamic in 2002.
In the vineyards he concentrates on low yields and in the cellars he oversees the vinification in the most natural and minimalist manner. The whole art is to bring together tradition and modernity, to perpetuate the vignoble for posterity and to protect its ecology.
Today, we have the good fortune to tend 15 hectares of vines including 6 Grands Crus and 4 Lieux-dits. We strive to bring out the natural qualities and the uniqueness of each of our terroirs and to conduct the vinification in such a way that this uniqueness is imbedded in our wines.
This search for the authentic does not follow fashion: Jean-Christophe Bott has drawn directly from the riches of viticulture in the past, from omnipresent Nature and from his experiences at wine producers in France, in Germany and in the New World.Visit of Colmar, the Alsatian wine capital, where strolling is so enjoyable, and discovery of its historical and architectural heritage.
It is no longer necessary to praise the charms of Colmar: its half-timbering, its canals, its flowery town-center... A condensation of an idyllic Alsace, the Alsace wine capital is the guardian of a lifestyle which you need to discover!
It provides the intimacy of a medium-sized town combined with the most remarkable rich heritage. Birthplace of the famous sculptor Bartholdi, father of the famous Statue of Liberty Leading the People, it also saw the birth of Hansi, the most famous Alsacian illustrator. Nevertheless, the place you really need to visit is of course the "Petite Venise"! However, you will also enjoy strolling on foot in the large town center renowned for the half-timbered houses of the Quai de la Poissonnerie. Culture thirsty people will end their tour of Colmar at the Unterlinden Museum to admire its famous Retable d’Issenheim (the Isenheim Altarpiece)...
5pm – End of the tour back at your hotel.
Overnight at your hotel