Westhalten and its vineyard
Located at the entrance of the “Noble Valley”, nestled between the hills of the “Strangenberg”, the “Bollenberg” and the “Zinnkoepflé”, Westhalten extends its vineyard on their slopes.
These three hills are unique in Europe: After the last ice ages, about 8000 years ago, Alsace entered a warm and dry period. The Rhine lands are home to a Mediterranean flora and fauna. Insects, reptiles, orchids, baguenaudiers or fraxinelles colonize the whole region.
But a millennium later, a new climatic reversal occurs,
forcing these sensitive species to disappear. For their survival in the Rhine ditch, only one refuge was offered to them: the sub-Vosgesian hills of the Rouffach region and their exceptionally warm and dry micro-climate (for a little, you could hear the cicada there!).
This living procession has been able to maintain itself until today on the arid moors of the Bollenberg, Strangenberg, Zinnkoepflé and is thus unique in Europe: It is a true living relic of a past several millennia old. The multitude of rare species that together make up this ecosystem testifies to the exceptional dimension of this natural heritage, a protected site.
Moreover, their privileged position offers a unique panorama on the Alsace plain and the Swiss Alps. Already celebrated by our pagan ancestors during the ceremonies of the sun cult (from which it takes its name) and always mentioned among the best exhibitions of Alsace, the Zinnkoepflé has firmly established its reputation.
It is the highest vineyard in Alsace (440m); it provides good Pinot gris and Gewurztraminer, and it is an excellent terroir for Sylvaner… Westhalten also has a second grand cru, which it shares with Rouffach: the Vorburg
Tourism and activities
LEISURE AND DISCOVERY
The privileged location of the Auberge du Cheval Blanc in the heart of the Alsatian vineyards, allows you to quickly access many tourist sites and leisure activities.
THE PARK OF THE LITTLE PRINCE
The Little Prince Park
opened its doors on July 1, 2014 in Ungersheim, Alsace. The first aerial park in the world, it plunges its visitors into several universes: the planets, the adventure of the Aeropostal, on a domain of 23 hectares. Tethered balloons allow you to rise into the air and contemplate the magnificent panorama!
TICKETS ARE ON SALE AT THE RECEPTION!
EUROPE’S LARGEST AMUSEMENT PARK: EUROPA PARK 50 MINUTES AWAY!
Discover the biggest amusement park in Europe! Sensations insured!!!!!
THE ECOMUSEUM OF ALSACE
Discover Alsace, its culture, its traditions and its crafts by visiting the village of Ungersheim.
Ecomuseum of Ungersheim
THE ALSATIAN WINE ROAD (FROM THANN TO MARLENHEIM)
Come and discover the beauty of
the Alsace Wine Route
the charm of the vineyards and meet the winegrowers along the way.
THE ROUTE DES CRÊTES (OUTSIDE THE WINTER PERIOD)
Treat yourself to an invigorating walk along
the Route de Crêtes
in a postcard landscape.
THE PARADISE OF THE SPRINGS
Nestled in the heart of our beautiful valley between woods and vineyards, this Music Hall will share with you the conviviality and the magic of its meal-shows.
GIVE YOURSELF A BREATH OF FRESH AIR!
Various activities for those who want to exercise while enjoying the view.
– Walking tours
Come and follow the many trails marked out by the
including our magnificent wine trails.
– From Westhalten
* 2h20: Westhalten, Strangenberg, Notre Dame du Hubel (red triangle),
Zinnkoepflé, Soultzmatt (white rectangle), Westhalten (red triangle)
* 3h30: Westhalten, Strangenberg, Schauenberg (red triangle and red cross),
path to the top Notre Dame de Hubel, Zinnkoepflé, Soultzmatt (white rectangle), Westhalten (red triangle)
The GR map is available at the hotel reception or for sale at the Rouffach Tourist Office.
– Bicycle tours
The Auberge du Cheval Blanc is located close to 7 cycling circuits
(from Westhalten and surroundings) and a mountain bike circuit from Rouffach
The Golf of Rouffach
Located in a picturesque landscape with a links style design respecting the tradition of golf,
The 18-hole course of the Alsace Golf Club offers magnificent panoramic views of the Vosges hills.
Additional information can be provided on site at your request.
Michel CLUIZEL – Le Chocolat
MOTSCH-GOLLENTZ farm in Osenbach – Yoghurt
The Pressoir de la Vallée Noble in Westhalten –Les Jus de Fruits
Fromagerie Saint Nicolas à Buhl- Me J.Quesnot – The matured cheeses
Pamplie Dairy – Sweet and semi-salted butter
Bakery Gwinner in Osenbach – Le Pain
Domaine des Terres Rouges – Libeluile Olive Oil
R.SIFFERT in Colmar- Les Légumes
Ferme THUETin Blodelsheim – Eggs, Rabbit, Guinea Fowl
Marie & Patrick THUET Farm
Pisciculture GUIDATàOrbey – Fario trout
Fish farm François GUIDAT
Les Jardins En-Chant- Exceptional vegetables https://www.lesjardinsenchantants.com/
Farm P’tits Fruits Family GAECHTER in Guebwiller
Raspberries and blackberries http://www.ferme-des-petits-fruits.com/fr
Theo Kiffer in Nordhouse – The Pigeons
Kieffer Farm – The Duwenhof
Schreiber-Bombenger coffee roastery in Munster – The Coffee
Roland Freyburger – Vinegar, Syrups and Vegetables
The Snails of the Florival in Lautenbach-Zell, David Kieffer
La Ferme Sébastien Fuchs Obersaasheim – Organic spelt flour (Spätzle, pancakes, potato bread)
Fruits and Vegetables – Sylvie Buchly Munwiller, Roland Freyburger Habsheim, Olivier Gutleben Munwiller (Organic)
Véronique and René Zimpfer Soultz – Le Cochon
Jean-Paul Kessler in Soultz – La Fraise
Muriel and Bertrand Frick in Gundolsheim – L’Asperge
Hunting Associations of Westhalten and Ingersheim – Le Gibier
Ferme Schmitt in Bischoffsheim – Duck Foie Gras, Black Hen of Alsace, Poultry of Alsace