Alsacian vineyard history

Alsatian Vineyard

The geographical location of the Alsatian Wine-growing region, at the crossroads of both Germanic and Roman influences, tells the story of growing from the beginning of our era by the Romans, then revived by the Merovingians and the Carolingians. Before the end of the first millennium, 160 Alsatian communities cultivated the vine and in the Middle Ages, the wines of Alsace were already among the most prestigious in Europe. Alsatian viticulture reached its peak during the sixteenth century, but was really revived after the First World War when winemakers choose to produce wines made from traditional varieties. From 1945 onwards, this policy was extended by the delimitation of the wine-growing region’s areas and the setting of strict rules for production and wine-making. Finally, it was crowned by the recognition of Alsace Appellations d’Origine Contrôlées in 1962, Alsace Grand Cru in 1975 and Crémant d’Alsace in 1976. (source : Conseil Interprofessionnel des Vins d’Alsace)