Geographical indications for AOC Alsace

INAO (Institut National de l’Origine et de la Qualité), the authority that controls all the French appellations, has recently approved two additional geographical add-ons for AOC Alsace. The two lucky ones are

  • AOC Alsace Bergheim and
  • AOC Alsace Coteaux du Haut Koenigsbourg.

Previously 11 geographical areas have been given this higher status:

  • Blienschwiller,
  • Côtes de Barr,
  • Cote de Rouffach,
  • Klevener the Heiligenstein (for the grape klevener),
  • Ottrott,
  • Rodern,
  • Saint-Hippolyte,
  • Scherwiller,
  • Vallée Noble,
  • Val Saint Grégoire and
  • Wolxheim.

The total number is thus now 13 and no more areas are in the pipeline. Read more at

These wines with a geographical indication are supposed to be a category sort of half way between a normal AOC Alsace and an Alsace Grand Cru.

And if you feel tempted to go visit the vineyards of Alsace you can take a look at the wine tour program, scheduled or custom designed, of BKWine.
Vineyards in Alsace

Coteaux du Haut Koenigsbourg vineyards in Alsace, copyright BKWine Photography

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