Gite Alsacien Ribeauvillé

If you are looking for the right spot to stay when you are in Ribeauvillé, You need not look any further. Gite Alsacien is a lovely place to stay when you are here. The interior looks like a typical Alsatian house in the classical style. This means, almost everything looks antique and is very cozy or "Gezellig". This place also is really clean and tidy although everything looks antique, very positive. The building once belonged to a wine barrel maker. 

Another very good point about this place is that the proximity to city center is very good for late night walks through town and having dinner with the loveliest of Alsatian wines. I have come here several years and every single year was lovely. The people, especially Myriam, is very hospitable and attentive, the couple has been in this building for more than 30 years. 

Gite Alsacien has a wide variety on different kinds of rooms suitable for different kinds of holidays and different kinds of people. A small courtyard makes the whole thing feel like you are stepping into history and one really feels the Alsatian love for craftmanship and beauty. There hardly is any negative thing to think of when concerning this place, one would perhaps be that leaving is very difficult. This is, because one would really come to love the charm of it.

For practical reasons, it also is very handy. Parking spots right in front of the building makes getting your stuff and unloading your stuff to be very simple. The prices are realy fair, when concerning the quality that is given. 


19 Rue Klobb

68150 Ribeauvillé

Alsace, France





Situated in the South-east of the Centre of France. South of the Champagne and north of the Beaujolais. Also at about the height of Switzerland. The fact that Burgundy is in the central of France gives it a cooler climate. This results in wines with higher acidity. It has a Semi-Continental Climate, We have an average of 19,6 degrees Celsius in Summer. And in  winter about 1,6 degrees Celsius. With 1830 sunshine hours per year it’s not a really sunny part of France, and with 775 mm of Precipitation per year it’s not that wet in Burgundy.

In the Jurassic period, about 160 Million years ago, a shallow sea covered the region that we now know as Burgundy. 35 million years ago, the unique soil profile that was created by the sediment of tiny shells and the remains of sea life got exposed. This is the Soil of Burgundy nowadays. This results in a unique Jurassic Limestone soil that is found in the top vineyards of Burgundy. Winemakers in Burgundy are obsessed with terroir,  The Soils in Burgundy are most studied and surveyed pieces of land in the world.

Chablis: In the absolute north of Burgundy, Chablis is found. This results it to be the coolest climate in Burgundy. This particular sub region of Burgundy is famous for its Kimmeridgian limestone soil. This is simply fossilized remains of prehistoric oyster shells.

In this region they devote their vineyards to growing Chardonnay. A Chardonnay from the Chablis region is typically lean, mineral and flinty. The general-quality whites from this region can be oaked in a neutral oak while ageing while a higher-quality white can be aged in a more significant oak barrels. Chablis has forty premier cru vineyards and only one grand cru vineyard. This grand cru vineyard is divided into seven parcels:

  • Blanchots
  • Les Preuses
  • Grenouilles
  • Valmur
  • Bougros
  • Vaudésir
  • Les Clos

Cote d’Or: This sub region of Burgundy is the most famous part of Burgundy and is the source of the highest-quality red and white wines of Burgundy. What Cote d’Or literally means “Golden Slope”. The Cote d’Or has a limestone terroir. On the east side of the Cote d’Or there is this slope which is 40 miles long and is perfectly situated to the sun. The “Golden Slope” counts thirty-three Grand Crus vineyards which are generally divided into two major areas:

Cote de Nuits: The Cote de Nuits slopes to the east, facing the Saone River. The Soil that we find here is a mix of the following: Oolitic Calcareous composition, intermittent iron and marl. The slopes that are faced to the east benefit from both the maximization of sunlight reaching the vines, and the heat of the sun burns off the dew.  This last benefit from facing to the east prevents the vines from getting sick of micro organismic diseases. The parts between the upper and lower levels of the slopes you find the Cote de Nuits. Now the upper soil of this particular part of Burgundy has limestone and layered fragments of crumbled rock that comes up from the lower soil(subsoil). This kind of terroir of a mixture that is high in potassium and phosphorous compounds is particularly good for viticulture. In the upmost part of Cote de Nuits you find the village of Marsannay. The Pinot Noir grape is grown here, principally for table-wine rosés. The quality of these rosé wines is good, but fall short in comparison to the great red wines that are produced here. The wines from Fixin and Brochon are complex and rich, with nine

Cote de Beaune: This sub region of Burgundy is perhaps the most important of the region. Beaune is a town in the center of the Cote de Beaune, hence the name. A lot of the wines from this part bear the name Montrachet on the label and are considered one of the most expensive white wines of the world. Red wines come from Pommard and the Grand Cru Corton. Cote de Beaune is a sub region that is quite similar to the Cote de Nuits, together with this sub region, they together make the Cote d'Or. Rich limestone soils are often found here and the 'Escarpment' causes the vineyard to have enough sunshine, making up a beautiful terroir to make amazing wines. 

Grape Varieties:

Chardonnay: Burgundy is mainly known for its astonishingly amazing Chardonnay wines. It’s the best Region on earth to grow high-quality Chardonnay wines. Chardonnay is the only white grape allowed in the production of white wines from Burgundy’s AOC sub regions. We can characterize a Chardonnay from Burgundy by its solid core of acidity and minerality. These wines can be easily paired with food. This is because of its complexity, intensity and preciseness.

Pinot Noir: Less well known than the Chardonnay wines from Burgundy, we have Pinot Noir. But that doesn’t mean that it isn’t good. It is the most important grape of Burgundy. They produce extremely complex red wines. Burgundy also is the birthplace of Pinot Noir. We can characterize Pinot Noir wines from Burgundy by the complexity. Including a balance of velvety mouthfeel, intense aroma, pleasant acidity, red berries, savoury earthiness and spicy structure.

Aligoté: The Aligoté grape produces a white wine that is characterized as light and dry wines with not much of complexity. The town of Bouzeron in Cote Chalonnaise produces the best Aligoté wines of Burgundy.

Gamay: In the Beaujolais the Gamay grape is the main gape, but also in Burgundy they grow Gamay. The Gamay grape produce a wine that we characterize as soft and fruity. When blended together with Pinot Noir we have a wine we call Passe-tout-Grains.  


The Alsace would be typically described as “A bit of Germany transplanted in northern France”. This is the only region in France not to have a Roman origin. In the Alsace, there has been grape growing since the reign of Emperor of the West Charlemagne. Later in time, Louis the German, about 870 A.D. wanted to ensure the possibility of wine growing in his province. The fact that it is German, is noted by the amount of times it changed nationality. Up to the 1600s, the Alsace was a Germanic province. After the Thirty years War, it was claimed by the French. A war called the Franco-Prussian War, Alsace became German again.  The First World War Brought the province back to being French. And it has stayed French ever since. Although it has changed nationality this much, it is in fact a French style region.

Parallel to the West bank of the Rhine, the region of Alsace is located. It is about 60 miles long and is rather narrow. Capital city of Alsace is Colmar, this city divides the region in Bas-Rhin and Haut-Rhin. Which simply means: Upper, and Lower-Rhine.


Haut-Rhin is the better part of the Alsace, 95% of Haut-Rhin production is White. Of these wines produced in Haut-Rhin, 90% is AOC designated. The better vineyards of this sub region are planted on calcareous slopes exposed to south and southeast.


Bas-Rhin produces around 90% White, yet only 55% of this is AOC designated. The rest of the wines produced in Bas-Rhin are either red or Sparkling. Sparkling wines from the region of Alsace are known under the name of Crémant d’Alsace.

The climate in the Alsace are perfect for winegrowing since the summers are hotter and the winters colder than any other French wine region. The Alsace also is the driest region in France. The mountains of the Vosges are seen west of The Alsace, these provide protection from heavy rainfall. The fact that they protect the region makes them the driest region in France. The Vosges also provide water for the vineyards, the water runs through to the Rhine. Another typical thing about the Alsace is that they label their bottles the German way, with mostly the grape variety written on the label. Other possibilities for labelling is that they put the name of the vineyard or commune on the label. The best wines are labelled with grape name and shipper, grower, or vineyard.

In the Alsace region, there are six noble grape varieties grown: Johannisberg Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris (Tokay Pinot Gris, Tokay d’Alsace), Muscat, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir and Sylvaner. Most famous of these grape varieties is the Johannisberg Riesling, with his roots in Germany, producing superb white wines. The pearl of the Alsace, is the Gewürztraminer. Originally called Traminer, but then a genetic was found; the Gewürz. This grape produces a spicy wine, what the name means: Gewürz. Hence the name Gewürztraminer.

In the Alsace we know of the classification by the name of AOC, as normally in France. We can use either the simple “Alsace” on our labels or “Vin d’Alsace”. There is an important law in the AOC classification: If a variety name is used in conjunction with the designations on the label, then all the wine must be made from that grape. In simple matter: The kind of grape variety, stated on the bottle, must be in the bottle of 100% content. Another law states that AOC wines must have at least 8.5% alcohol content. Third, grapes must be harvested within the regulations made by the Comité Régionale d’Experts. Quite usual in the Alsatian wine region is that they bottle their wines in slender and tall green bottles, called Flute d’Alsace in French. What also is important is that all bottling of Alsatian wines must take place in the Alsace. Blends are also allowed in the Alsace region, well-known blend would be Alsace Edelzwicker. The name, or names of the noble grapes used for the production of this blend are not to be displayed on the label. The important sparkling wine of the Alsace, as stated earlier, is called Crémant d’Alsace. The Alsace also knows Grand Cru Vineyards, known as AOC Alsace Grand Cru. This classification requires a minimum of 10% alcohol for wines made from Johannisberg Riesling and Muscat. This is 11% for Gewürztraminer and Pinot Gris.

Wines from the Alsace region are very diverse, from crisp, clean and dry of Pinot Blanc to bonedry and medium-dry from Johannisberg Riesling and Gewürztraminer. Yet the Gewürztraminer can also be styled in sweet. Muscat is another wine that is often styled as sweet, these also are of lower-quality than the rest of the noble grape varieties in the Alsace. Sylvaner, as planted all so much, can produce rather ordinary, but also superior wines.

Notable winegrowers in the Alsace would be Dopff & Irion, Hugel & Fils, Preiss Henny, Schlumberger, Trimbach and Alsace Willm.