Alsace, France

The BEST Colmar Wine Tours to explore the Alsace region

When you think of “wine regions in France”, which one typically comes to mind? For many it’s Bordeaux – which has excellent wine – but I must say my favorite wine region in France is Alsace! If you’re in need of some convincing, I’ve put together a list of some of the best Colmar wine tours to help you fall in love with the region!

Before I dive into the different tours, I always like to go over some FAQs about the region, or the tours and provide some general travel tips for this corner of the world.

I’ve visited Alsace two separate times and absolutely fell in love! For each tour I list below, I looked into what the tour offers, some reviews and made sure to list the best of the best. I also like to mention what sets each of them apart from the others, to help you choose the tour that is best for you!

So let’s take a look at some of the best wine tours Colmar and Alsace have to offer!

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Tips for visiting Alsace

🎄The holiday season is the PEAK season. Alsace is Christmas Market CENTRAL! In fact, Strasbourg, the capital city of the region, is known as the Christmas Capital of Europe. So its no surprise that the peak travel time for this region is during the holiday season. If this is something you want to experience (which I totally recommend at least once), you need to plan everything significantly in advance.

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📆 Plan at least 2-3 full days to explore. The best part about visiting Alsace is exploring the adorable, half-timber-framed towns. It truly feels like walking into a fairytale! There are lots of towns to explore along the Alsatian wine route including larger cities like Colmar and Strasbourg. Make sure to give yourself enough time to see it all! Here is our Holiday Itinerary in Alsace exploring some of the cutest towns in the region!

📍Base yourself in Colmar. If you are debating to base yourself in Strasbourg or Colmar, I’d recommend staying closer to Colmar. From experience, the cutest towns are in that area and I preferred Colmar over Strasbourg. I’d recommend staying there, but do set some time aside to visit Strasbourg as well!

 

How do I get to the Alsace wine route?

You can easily get to Strasbourg, the capital of Alsace, by taking a train. For all of my train travel in France, I book my trips using Trainline to find the best routes and deals! The journey will take approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes and trains will depart from Paris Gare de l’Est.

From Strasbourg, you can take a 30-minute train to Colmar, which is again where I suggest spending the most time because this is where you find some of the most beautiful towns in Alsace. To get to wineries and smaller villages from Colmar, you will either need to rent a car or take a tour! I have listed the top Colmar wine tours below that will let you experience the charm of this region through its beautiful wineries and adorable villages.

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What time of year is best for wine tours?

Left: an empty vineyard in Alsace with a rainbow in the distance Right: a girl walking down the small streets with half timber framed buildings beside her and the faint sight of rows of vineyards in the distance

For most destinations, wine tours are available all year round so there isn’t necessarily a ‘right’ time to go. Especially since the wine process takes place all year and there will be something to see at each stage of the process.

Generally speaking, spring is an excellent time for wine tours as it’s less hot and busy during the shoulder season. And fall is a particularly fun time for a wine tour to experience the grape harvest!

 

How many days do you need on the Alsatian wine route?

Three photos showing colourful half-timber framed houses

The Alsatian Wine Route is 170 km in length and stretches from Marleheim, just outside of Strasbourg, to Thann! There are so many adorable villages, beautiful vineyards, and incredible experiences along the wine route, you’ll have plenty of things to keep you busy!

PRO TIP: To get the most out of your visit to Alsace, I’d HIGHLY recommend renting a car. There are limited public transportation options in this region and renting a car will give you the best chance to get the authentic experience. If this is not an option for you, I also have a CAR-FREE itinerary!

Personally, both of my visits to Alsace have been a minimum of 2-3 full days. When planning your visit, I would refer to the region’s official website for information about upcoming events or other local experiences. Your length of stay should really depend on how much you want to see and whether or not you’re able to rent a car!

 

Best Colmar Wine Tours

My top pick

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From Colmar: Alsace Medieval and Wine Tasting Day Tour

9.5 hours

Includes a visit to a winery, a castle visit & stops in 3 towns

💰~ 120 euros

⭐️ 4.7/5 on GetYourGuide based on +20 reviews

I chose this Colmar wine tour as my top pick because it has a little bit of everything. It is the only tour on this list that visits the most popular castle in the region, the Haut-Kœnigsbourg Castle. Plus, it stops in 3 of my favorite towns in the region. This is a wine tour list so of course this tour also includes a stop at a local winery and has a tasting included!

I will mention that when reading the reviews, one person mentioned that because they put so many activities in this itinerary, it did feel a bit rushed. They detail the length of each stop on the itinerary page (most stops being 45-60 minutes), so I would read through everything to make sure this tour is right for you. If you’d love to see as much as you can in the area, this is the perfect tour for you!

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If you’re short on time…

Alsace Half Day Wine Tour from Colmar

4 hours

Includes 2 wine tastings

💰~ 98 euros

⭐️ 54 5-star reviews on Viator

If you’re short on time but really want to visit the Alsatian wine route up close, this is one of the Colmar wine tours on this list that is entirely dedicated to visiting the local wineries. This tour does not include time exploring the local towns so it’s perfect for those who would like to focus on wine tastings and explore the villages on their own.

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If you’d like the full experience…

Alsace Full Day Wine Tour from Colmar - Viator

Alsace Full Day Wine Tour from Colmar

8 hours

Includes 3 wine tastings

💰 ~150 euros

⭐️ 59 5-star reviews on Viator

This wine tour is essentially an extension of the previous  on this Colmar wine tours list! This tour is perfect for those who only want to experience wine and would love to explore the wine route at a slower pace as this tour is a whole-day experience. You also get to visit 3 different wineries on this tour, so again perfect for those who want to taste multiple regional wines!

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If you’d like the wine tasting to be optional…

Alsace 4 Wonders Small-Group Day Trip from Colmar - Viator

Alsace 4 Wonders Small-Group Day Trip from Colmar

8 hours

Includes an optional wine tasting and a visit to 4 local villages

💰  ~133 euros

⭐️ 234 5-star reviews on Viator

This tour has the best reviews on this list of Colmar wine tours! If your goal is to visit the region however you’d prefer to visit a local wine cave, but not necessarily taste the wine, this tour is for you. The wine tasting on this tour is optional, meaning that it is not included in the price of the tour. As I said, the reviews on this tour are all raves and from what I read, most of the lower reviews were from several years ago. Definitely a tour to check out!

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If you’d like to stay in Colmar…

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Colmar: Highlights Walking Tour and Wine Tasting
  2 hours

Includes a walking tour of Colmar and a wine tasting

💰~45 euros

⭐️ 4.9/5 on GetYourGuide based on +100 reviews

This is another highly-rated tour! However, this tour is perfect for those who would like to explore more of Colmar. I’d recommend this tour to those who have the time and ability to explore the Alsatian wine route at their own pace or who can pair this tour with one of the other Colmar wine tours listed above. However, if you are really short on time and can only find a few hours in your itinerary, this tour is great since it allows you to experience a local wine tasting and only lasts 2 hours.

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Which of these Colmar wine tours will you take!?

The best Colmar wine tours to explore more of the Alsace region

I tried to make this list of Colmar wine tours as inclusive as possible. I’ve chosen tours for those who have time to spare, for those who are limited in time, for those who want to explore as much of the region as possible, and for those who want to solely focus on the wine!

I hope you’ve found a tour that is best suited for you and even if you haven’t, I still strongly suggest exploring this region of France on your own. It’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

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