Alsace is located in the Northwest of France bordering Germany and Switzerland. It covers a total area of 8,280 sq. KM and has an approx. population of 1,856,000. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace.
Most of the vineyards in the Alsace region are located in a narrow strip approximately 170 km long, running in a roughly north-south direction, on the lower eastern slopes of the Vosges Mountains.
Other French regions call their wines by the name of their terroirs; in the Alsatian region the wines are given the name of the grape varieties used to produce them.
There is only one type of red wine (Pinot Noir) in Alsace, as white wine is by far the most common:
White Wines: Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Klevener de Heiligenstein, Muscat, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer
Red Wine: Pinot Noir
Alsace vineyards are located from Strasbourg in the north (Bas-Rhin) to Mulhouse(Haut-Rhin) in the south.
Alsace has three AOC designations: Alsace, Alsace Grand Cru and Crémant d'Alsace