Alsace is unusual for a French wine region, not least because its labelling laws stipulate that producers must specify the grape variety used on the label. Alsace is famed for being the birthplace of biodynamic viticulture in France and has the country's highest proportion of biodynamic producers.
Production is focussed on Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Muscat made in dry and sweet styles. These differ stylistically from German regions further up the Rhine in that the wines are typically fermented in large old oak foudres at ambient temperatures to give a fuller-bodied wine. Still wines of the region are typically sold in tall slender and elegant Alsace bottles.
The climate is cool to moderate continental and the region's latitude ensures high sunshine levels. There is a great variety of soils in the vineyards due to the region's dramatic geological history.
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