What distinguishes this prestigious wine region above all is its originality: the varied composition of the soils (gneiss, granite, pink sandstone, limestone and marl, silt, sand and gravel), the diversity of microclimates and the variety of grapes give the wines a very unique character. Finally, a particularity that is almost unique in the French wine world, Alsatian appellations are usually recognised by the name of the original grape variety and not by the name of the vineyard. The 90% of the wines produced in Alsace are white wines (Alsace and Alsace Grand Cru appellations) and sparkling wines (Crémant d'Alsace appellation). The main white grape varieties are Riesling, Gewürztraminer, Sylvaner, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Muscat. The range of white wines is wonderfully nuanced, absolutely unique, from dry to sweet, from fresh and light to heady.