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Wine Tastings in Alsace and Family Fun

by Krista
(Germany)

We live in western Germany and are taking 4 days to tour the Alsace area.


Our main focus is to see the cemetery (Meuse Argonne) near where my grandfather fought in WWI on Memorial Day. We would also like to include some wine tastings and maybe a kid friendly activity. (amusement park, water, park etc). Our children are 5 and 7.

Do you know of any wineries with open grass areas where the kids could play while we taste wines?

The wineries we visited in Washington USA had the wine tastings at the vineyard and I think I saw that you said most wineries in Alsace don't?

Any help would be much appreciated!

Kind Regards,
Krista

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Bringing Your Kids to Wine Tastings
by: Suzele

Hi Krista,

You are right that wine tasting in Alsace is not the same as wine tastings in the US.

The vineyard areas in Alsace are restricted to very specific areas because those areas are known to produce great grapes for wine making (from hundreds of years of experience).

And it's really difficult to get your hands on that oh so valuable land...

They are generally passed on from one generation to the other. The second most common way to get your hands on vineyard land is by marriage.

So it's not unusual for a wine maker to have bits of vineyard land here and there (not all in one place).

And most wine tasting rooms are in a village (sometimes a different village from where they make their wine too).

The vineyards aren't very far away from a wine road village, but they aren't usually in the village.

Your children may be able to entertain themselves inside the tasting room.

These rooms are usually decorated in an interesting way and may have wine barrels or old equipment in them as decoration.

But you'll have to be the judge of how well your kids can keep themselves occupied.

And depending on how you go about tasting wine, you may not be there for more than 30 minutes if you know exactly what you want.

Or you can just limit yourselves to certain types of wines and do more mini wine tastings.

This way your children don't spend much time sitting and waiting.

I hope you have a great time and please come back and tell us about your trip!

Suzele

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