Alsace in spring – April 2018

David’s research had produced little up-to-date published material on Alsace, so no sooner back from Verona, than we were off again, this time via Basel airport.

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Colmar in Alsace – and a very smart hotel in the centre, backing onto ‘Little Venice’

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We hired a slightly grander car than usual – whose SatNav proved very useful to David when I was indisposed. For the third time in as many weeks, I developed a high temperature and spent two days in bed, more or less, punctuated by brief evening excursions to fine restaurants (the place was awash with Michelin stars) about which I can remember virtually nothing.

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I do remember visiting Riquewihr, and being shown round Schoelhammer vineyard whose slopes rise steeply above the village, before a very good lunch in the company of Keven Bircker of Famille Hugel. This was our first full day in Alsace.

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Sadly, I have no clear recollection of Eguisheim where these photos (below) of beautiful mediaeval religious sculpture were taken, but I do remember a fascinating meeting on our final day with Olivier Humbrecht whose English was impeccable, his knowledge encyclopaedic, and whose imagination and vision were inspirational. Thank you!

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The actual itinerary was as follows:

 

 

Tuesday 24 April

17.00 Arrive into Basel and travel to Colmar

Afternoon Check in at Hotel le Colombier  

7 Rue Turenne, 68000 Colmar

Tel: +33 3 89 23 96 00     Email: info@colombier-suites.com

Web: http://www.hotel-colombier.com/en/

Wednesday 25 April

8.30 Depart for Kientzheim

9.00 – 10.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE PAUL BLANCK

32 Grand-Rue, 68240 Kientzheim 

Frédéric Blanck- frederic@blanck.com

Tel: +33 3 89 78 23 56     Web: http://www.blanck.com

10.30 Depart for Riquewihr

11.00 – 12.30 Visit and tasting at FAMILLE HUGEL

3 Rue de la 1E Armée, 68340 Riquewihr

Kevin Bircker – kevin@famillehugel.com  

Tel: +33 3 89 47 92 15     Web: http://www.hugel.com

12.30 Lunch at Hugel

14.00 Depart for Turckheim

14.30-16.00 Visit and tasting at CAVE DE TURCKHEIM

16 Rue des Tuileries, 68230 Turckheim

Emmanuelle Gallis – e.gallis@cave-turckheim.com 

Tel: +33 3 89 30 23 60     Web: http://www.cave-turckheim.com/gb/ 

16.00 Depart for Colmar

16.30 Meeting at CIVA 

12 avenue de la Foire aux Vins, 68000 Colmar

Foulques Aulagnon – foulques@civa.com  

Tel: +333 68 34 00 19 / +33 6 62 63 10 77

Thursday 26 April

8.00 Depart for Traenheim

9.00 – 10.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE FREDERIC MOCHEL

56 Rue Principale, 67310 Traenheim

Guillaume Mochel – guillaume@mochel.net 

Tel: +333 88 50 38 67     Web: mochel.alsace

10.30 Depart for Bergbieten

11.00 – 12.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE ROLAND SCHMITT

35 Rue des Vosges, 67310 Bergbieten

Bruno Schmitt – bruno@roland-schmitt.fr 

Tel: +33 3 88 38 20 72     Web: http://www.roland-schmitt.fr

12.30 Lunch at Domaine Roland Schmitt

14.00 Depart for Andlau

14.30 – 16.00 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE KREYDENWEISS

12 Rue Deharbe, 67140 Andlau

Antoine Kreydenweiss – marc@kreydenweiss.com

Tel:+ 33 3 88 08 95 83     Web: http://www.kreydenweiss.com

16.00 Depart for Mittelbergheim

16.30 – 18.00 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE ANDRE RIEFFEL

11 Rue Principale, 67140 Mittelbergheim

Lucas Rieffel – andre.rieffel@wanadoo.fr 

Tel: + 33 3 88 08 95 48    

Friday 27 April

8.00 Depart for Rouffach

9.00 – 10.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE MURE

D83, 68250 Rouffach

Véronique Muré – domaine@mure.com

Tel: + 33 3 89 78 58 00     Web: http://www.mure.com/en/

10.30 Depart for Wettolsheim

11.00 – 12.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE JEAN-CLAUDE BUECHER

31 Rue des Vignes, 68920 Wettolsheim

Franck Buecher – contact@cremant-buecher.fr 

Tel: + 33 3 89 80 14 01      Web: http://www.cremant-buecher.fr/en/

12.30Lunch at Jean-Claude Buecher

14.30 Depart for Turckheim

15.00 – 16.30 Visit and tasting at DOMAINE ZIND-HUMBRECHT

4 Route de Colmar, 68230 Turckheim

Olivier Humbrecht – o.humbrecht@zind-humbrecht.fr 

Tel: + 33 3 89 27 02 05     Web: http://www.zindhumbrecht.fr/en/

Saturday 28 April

Morning Check out of hotel

Phone Numbers:

Foulques Aulagnon: +33 6 62 63 10 77 (mob.), foulques@civa.fr

Blandine Rayon: +33 7 86 32 00 81 (mob.), blandine@civa.fr

 

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