Alsace Wine Region
Occupying the key strategic territory between the Vosges mountains and the river Rhine, Alsace has changed hands like a passed parcel over the centuries but has remained officially French since the Potsdam Agreement of 1945. The result of this fluid history is a uniquely Rhine-ish identity that can be seen in its culture, architecture, cuisine and wine. Onions, cabbages, potatoes, pork, eggs, cheese and pastry all loom large in the local culinary repertoire, which is complimented to perfection by a diverse range of highly distinctive and aromatic 'single-varietal' wines.
AOC Alsace was created in 1962 (Cremant followed in 1976) and the region mainly produces white wines - 90% of production. 51 Grand Cru sites were formally recognised in 2011, yet even they deliver remarkable value for money.