Alsace is located northeast of France and is something of a hidden treasure, known for its very aromatic, floral and spicy white wines. The white wines make up over 90% of the region’s production. The wines are heavily influenced by their German neighbours due to their long history, and even the bottles share the same fluted shape. Alsace benefits from a semi-continental climate, which is mostly sunny, hot and dry. Located in the foothills of the Vosges mountains, the vineyards are positioned in a rain shadow and are well exposed to the sun, which suits the slow ripening grape varieties grown here. Méthode traditionelle sparkling wine is produced here made predominantly from Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Riesling and Chardonnay. The key grape varietals grown and produced here are Riesling, Gewürtztraminer and Pinot Gris.