Alsace, its beauty and glory


You don’t have to be an alsatian to understand and love the powerful landscapes of this province in the doorsteps of France. Paris and Lyon are close by, Bordeaux and Toulouse a little further away. You have to see it to believe it, every turn sends an extraordinary postcard that deserves a trip. Our friend, the photographer Leif Carlsson, has spent time there every year for a long time. We publish a (too) short extract.

Text and photos Leif Carlsson

In the distance, the village and the bell tower of the church of Katzenthal. In the foreground, the vineyards of Félix Meyer, Domaine Meyer-Fonné, on a beautiful afternoon in June 2015.
The Wineck castle in Katzenthal, photographed on 30 June 2015.
The Muenchberg valley under the Milky Way, on a beautiful autumn night with André Ostertag. In my eyes, the most magical vineyard in France, a place where angels meet poets. 16 October 2017.
A beautiful evening over the vineyards surrounding the ruins of the Schlossberg castle in Kaysersberg, 2 July 2015.
A view of the Clos de la Faille, the narrow plot of land bordering the forest near Wintzenheim. This parcel gave its name to the pinot noir of the Albert Mann estate, a very nice bottle. The afternoon of 13 July 2017.
Views through Albert Mann’s vineyards in the village of Husseren-les-Châteaux, the ruins of the three castles of Eguisheim, 13 July 2017.
History as a heritage. Opposite, the ruins of the castles of Ribeauvillé. The castle of Saint-Ulrich on the left, that of Girsberg on the right and, overhanging, that of Ribeaupierre. Late afternoon on September 21, 2020 with Vincent and Antoine Sipp, from the Agapé estate.
The sun rises over Riquewihr and the vineyards of the Agapé estate on 21 September 2020.


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