Essential Riquewihr

Riquewihr Wine Tasting Tour

Riquewihr wine tour - Credits Alsace

At a glance

Region: Alsace
Type of Tour:
Duration: 3 Days
Guide Price: from £263 to £314 per person
Number of Meals: 2 breakfasts and 1 dinner
Number of Winery Visits: 2 wineries
Number of Wines Tasted: Approximately 11
Tour Transport: All visits are on foot in Riquewihr
Dates / Availability: Available mid-week and weekends between 8th February and the end of December

Trip Summary

Essential Riquewihr Wine Tour

This great value, flexible break is based in the picturesque village of Riquewihr, which lies on the Alsace wine route. Not only famed for its wines, it is also of extraordinary architectural interest, as medieval remains such as the ramparts and elegant half-timbered houses with oriel windows and fountains can be seen throughout the village. Many visitors are charmed by how it looks exactly as it did in the 16th Century and others marvel at its picturesque qualities. As well as being a beautiful and romantic place to stay, it is also home to some of the region’s most prestigious wines. Even the great Voltaire owned vineyards in Riquewihr!

Staying in the heart of the village, guests will walk to two local wineries. In the morning you will be welcomed for a tasting session at Dopff et Irion, who boast over ten hectares of Grand Cru classified vines. You will have the opportunity to taste Dopff et Irion Gewurtztraminer Late Harvest. Your tastings will be accompanied by Kougelhof- a delicious Alsatian brioche, filled with dry fruits.

Riquewihr wine tour - Credits C Fleith
Riquewihr wine tour - Credits DOMCOL

In the afternoon, you will enjoy a visit to a second estate, which has been owned by a passionate wine-growing family since 1680. Here, your guide will accompany you on a full tour, and will explain to you this domaine’s traditional wine-growing and vinification methods, such as their extended maceration on fine lees and slow fermentations. Your visit will conclude with tastings of the producer’s wines, accompanied by a platter of local cheeses.

No trip to Alsace would be complete without dining in a traditional winstub. Meaning “wine lounge,” winstubs epitomise the Alsatian way of life. Winstubs were originally rooms which were open to the public where wine-growers could sell surplus wines. They boast a convivial atmosphere and country-style décor with red-checked table cloths and wooden tables, where diners enjoy carafes of wine accompanied by small, simple dishes. Here, you will have the opportunity to sample regional specialities, such as Sauerkraut, Baeckaoffa and tartes flambées as part as a lunch or dinner. This is included as part of the package price and the meal is accompanied by a Cremant and a local Riesling.

Region Map

Outline Itinerary

Day one of your Riquewihr Wine Tour

  • Upon arrival in Riquewihr, check into your chosen room grade at Hotel le Schoenenbourg.
  • The afternoon and evening will be free for you to explore the city and relax.
  • We will provide you with a list of recommended restaurants and we would be delighted to reserve you a table at any of these for dinner.

Day two of your Riquewihr Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, you will reach each destination on foot. Your tour day will comprise of:
  • A tasting session at Dopff et Irion, accompanied by Kougelhof.
  • A tour and tasting session at a second Alsace winery. A platter of local cheeses will be served with your wines.
    In the evening, a three course dinner will be served in a traditional Alsation winstub, accompanied by a Cremant and a local Riesling. You may prefer to have lunch here instead.

Final day of your Riquewihr Wine Tour

  • After breakfast, check out of your hotel.
Riquewihr wine tour - Credits St Hippolyte Vineyard

(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.

Accommodation

The hotel has a nice pool and terrace, where we spent a lot of time tasting the local wines!

David- Bedfordshire, UK

Package Prices

These prices are per person excluding any discounts and include all of the package elements detailed.

Due to market volatility following the UK’s decision to exit the EU, these guide prices are subject to confirmation at the time of booking.

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  • All prices are per person and based on two people travelling together and sharing a twin or double room.
  • A £35 per person early bird discount applies to bookings confirmed and paid over 60 days before travel.
  • Single supplements and extra night prices are available upon request.
Hotel Name Room Grade Star Rating Duration Price Per Person
Hotel le Schoenenbourg - Riquewihr Comfort 3* 3 Days £298 Book Now
Hotel le Schoenenbourg - Riquewihr Superior 3* 3 Days £314 Book Now
Riquewihr wine tour - Credits Hotel Beaucour

Enhance your Experience/Tour Upgrades

Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.

If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.

  • Stay longer! An extra night’s bed and breakfast costs £58 per person per night in a Comfort room and £64 per person per night in a Superior room.
  • Visit Colmar. Colmar is particularly famed for its old town, numerous architectural landmarks and its museums and “La Petite Venise” is certainly worth a visit. The town is a 20 minute drive from Riquewihr and we would be pleased to arrange transfers for you if you do not have access to your own vehicle.
  • Stay in Strasbourg. Strasbourg is the capital of Alsace and is most widely known for hosting a number of European institutions. It is also famous for its beautiful historical centre, which was the first to be classified entirely as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and for its fabulous Christmas Market, which is the largest in Europe.
  • Fall in love with Paris. Let us put together an itinerary for you in the city of love!
  • Discover more French wine regions. As well as trips to Bordeaux, we also arrange holidays to Burgundy, the Loire Valley, Champagne, the Rhône Valley, Alsace, Provence, Cognac and the Languedoc-Roussillon.

Further Information

Travel

Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please contact us for further information.

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Further Information / To Book

To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required. Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail info@grapeescapes.net to request a booking form.

Such a fun weekend, would highly recommend it to friends and family.

Mrs Watler- Cambridge, UK

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