Renowned for its picturesque hillside vineyards and fine, delicious wines, Riquewihr is a medieval village still retaining a rustic, archaic charm. One of the loveliest looking towns of the Haut-Rhin region of France, the area has much to offer the tourist, from an Old Town steeped in history, to winding walking paths, to world-famous wineries. Here is our list of the five best things to do in and see in Riquewihr.
Visitors should spend time exploring the medieval Old Town of Riquewihr, an area looking today exactly as it did in the 16th century, creating an entrancing sense of timelessness with curving cobbled streets and colorfully painted houses. It’s a wonderful and romantic place, hidden between the Vosges mountains and some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace. Several wineries, fantastic restaurants and eery ghost stories are famous here. Use the Old Town as a base for beautiful walks in the forests and mountains, or for jaunts through some of the most famous vineyards in Alsace.
Founded in 1639, Hugel et Fils is a fantastic French wine producer situated in the heart of the Old Town. The flavors and outstanding quality of the wine here attract over two million visitors every year. A special tasting room is incorporated into the premises, allowing groups of up to 10 people sample some of the finest wines the company offers. The tasting room is officially open from Easter until Christmas, however it is possible to contact the staff in advance to arrange a visit outside of this period.
The Sentier Viticole des Grands Crus is a walking path traversing six French communes, ideal for visitors seeking a stroll through the picturesque countryside whilst learning about wine-making. The track makes several stops at various vineyards, picturesque villages and ancient castles of Ribeauvillé, instructing in the art of wine production along the way. English and German speaking guides are available upon request, and prepare to enjoy some outstanding views of Alsace and The Black Forest.
Classified as a ‘Museum of France’, the Musée du Dolder exhibits historical items and artefacts revealing the rich and varied past of Riquewihr. Several medieval weapons, guns and fortification parts are on display, successfully and interestingly illustrating the town’s transformation from the 12th to the 17th century. Entry is €4, and it is open from April to November ever year.
Founded in the 16th century, Dopff & Irion is a wine-growing estate at the forefront of wine production in Riquewihr, a prestigious place it has occupied since the Middle Ages. The vineyard is divided into four estates for wine production, and the L’Exception 2008 Cremant Pinot Gris, as well as the 2010 Grand Cru Schoenenbourg Riesling are particularly delicious and highly recommended for purchase. Don’t forget to visit the ancient central cellar of the building here, where you can taste wines and receive advice from the warm, welcoming and highly knowledgeable staff.
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