Alsace is a region in northeastern France most famous for producing Riesling wines, but there is plenty more to discover! To get you started, here are 10 things to know about the region and the wines of Alsace.
1.) First things first: Alsace is pronounced "al-zass" and Alsatian is pronounced "al-say-shen". ;)
2.) Alsace borders Germany and Switzerland, and this influence can be felt in everything about Alsace - from the dialects spoken, to the local cuisine, to the architecture. Throughout the centuries, Alsace has passed between German and French control multiple times with the last takeover occurring by the Germans during World War II. However, since 1945, it has been a part of France.
3.) Topographically, Alsace is located between the Vosges Mountains and the Rhine River. The Vosges Mountains shelter Alsace making it one of the driest regions in the entire country! Combined with plenty of sunshine, this cool-continental climate helps the grapes ripen slowly to create beautiful, complex flavours.