Top choice: Vignoble Klur a holistic approach
Local knowledge corner interviewed Francine Klur vintner at Vignoble Klur. Wine appreciation is 30% about the wine itself and 70% about the rest - the company, the food, the scenery, the ambiance. That's why we take a holistic approach at Vignoble Klur.
Organic grapes: for me producing organic, biodynamic wines goes beyond the solar power and natural fertilisers we use- it's about respecting the land and what it can give; doing something
out of passion, not profit.
Alsatian wines: there's an alsatian wine for every occasion. Try a light, citrusy sylvaner with tarte flambée, or a crisp, dry riesling with fish or choucroute. Gewuztraminer is round and full of exotic fruit and spices, making it the ideal partner for Munster cheese, charcuterie and asian food. Muscat is aromatic and flowery - great with asparagus or as an aperitif. Pick full-bodied pinot noirs with red meat.
Route des Vins: The Route des Vins is different from France's other wine regions because the villages are small and tight-knit, making it easy for visitors to get acquaninted with our wine, food and culture; there are no grands châteaux but there is a real neighbourly feel - our doors are always open.
Insiders Tips: Take a day to stroll or cycle through the vineyards, stopping for a wine-tasting, lunch and to simply enjoy the atmosphere. Visit famous villages like Riquewihr and Ribeauvillé in the evening to have the streets to yourself. My favourite seasons are autumn, when the heady scent of new wine is in the air, and spring, when thecherry trees are in bloom.
- Katzenthal is close to nature, 5 km south of Kaysersberg and is great for tiptoeing off the tourist trail for a while.Grand cru vines ensnare the hillside, toped by the medieval ruins ofChâteau du Wineck, where walks through forest and vineyard begin.
Vignoble Klur, an organic family-run winery has it all - wine-tastings, alsatian cookery classes, herb walks in the vineyards, furniture-making workshops and a tandem to pedal through the vines à deux. Ochre walks and warm wood create a cosy feel in the guesthouse, where you can make yourself at home in a sunny appartment with a kitchenette, read a book by the open fire in the salon, or unwind in the organic sauna. Don't miss Jean-Louis Frick's hilarious mural of hedonistic wine lovers above the entrance - it has raised a few local eyebrowns, apparently.