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Riquewihr, France

Riquewihr is a storybook-like medieval town situated between the Vosges mountains and the Alsatian plains. Ramparts enclose the small town center, which consists of narrow lanes, serene courtyards and bright, half-timbered houses. Riquewihr is part of Les Plus Beaux Villages de France (the most beautiful villages of France) association. It’s easy to see why. Riquewihr […]

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Mittelbergheim and Domaine Armand Gilg

Quiet hillside village Mittelbergheim is less showy than other Alsace towns, with buildings in subdued earth hues and red roofs. The star grape here is Sylvaner, an ancient variety that has long been grown in Central Europe. The main attraction in town is Domaine Gilg. This small family-run (16 generations!) winery produces grand cru sylvaners, […]

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Alsace and Route des Vins

Alsace is a curious, appealing mix of German and French dialects, cuisines and aesthetics. Foie gras and sauerkraut are offered next to wine and beer, and many of the homes are clustered in colorful half-timbered blocks. The best way to see Alsace is on the Route des Vins d’Alsace, which winds through steep vineyards, castle-topped […]

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