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Vignoble Klur, Katzenthal

Vignoble Klur is a small organic, family-run winery. When we stopped by, the tasting room actually wasn’t open. We didn’t know that when we rang the bell, but were invited in regardless. There is always family and staff on the compact grounds since in addition to offering wine tastings, there is an inn, cooking classes […]

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Domaine Keuhn, Ammerschwihr

Ammerschwihr is a small Alsatian town nestled in the Vosges mountains. The town dates back to the 9th century, but its most recent notable event was when it was annexed by the Nazis from 1940-45, during which time 85% of the houses were destroyed. The local vineyard, which sits on 450 hectares, has the prestigious […]

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Dopff au Moulin

The Dopff family has operated this winery for 13 generations. Today, three generations work side-by-side. Aside from award-winning wines, Dopff’s claim to fame was pioneering now-common Crémant d’Alsace. In the early 1900’s, Julien Dopff attended a seminar on Champagne-making and decided to give it a try with Alsatian wine. After training for two years in […]

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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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Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler Winery

We wanted to visit this Mosel Valley winery because of its excellent Doctor Heidemanns-Bergweiler wine. Well, it turns out that label is strictly for export, but the winery offers a different line, Dr. Pauly-Bergweiler, from the mother estate. The 4-acre Bernkasteler alte Badstube am Doctorberg is the winery’s prime vineyard. The vines are over 80 […]

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Anton Hammes Wine Estate

We happened upon Anton Hammes one rainy morning. We were scurrying down the wet sidewalk searching for open wineries and saw someone emerge from this cellar-level tasting room with a few bottles. Jackpot! As is typical in many Mosel wineries, we were greeted by the owner. In this case, he was a very friendly man […]

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Vinothèque Speltz

Sommelier Benjamin Fanuel knows what you will like. He personally selects the wines, champagnes and crémants and spirits in this small but robust vinothèque, which features Luxembourgish (from private caves only), French, German, Chilean and American selections, to name but a few. Mr. Fanuel is passionate about wine and loves talking about it. He knows […]

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Domaine Pommery

This is worth a visit if only to view the eclectic  art collection displayed throughout its 12 miles of limestone and chalk cellars.  Pommery was founded in 1858 by Alexandre Louis Pommery. After his death, his widow, Louise Pommery, built the winery into one of the most significant Champagne brands. The half hour tour is […]

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G.H. Mumm

This tour was informative and included a Champagne equipment museum. The company was established by Peter Arnold Mumm in 1761 in Cologne. In 1827, his three sons, Jacobus, Gottlieb and Phillip, established the Champagne house in Reims, France. In 1852, Georges Hermann de Mumm, son of one of the founders, built new cellars and facilities […]

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Moselle Valley

  Europe’s smallest wine-growing region stretches 42 km along the western bank of the Moselle River. Global warming has done its part in making this former up-and-coming region a true contender on the wine scene, contributing to the ideal microclimate and fertile soil. Most grapes are used to make whites and rosés, and a few […]

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