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I’ve decided to start a new ongoing series on this blog, combining my love of geography (and fooling around with Google Earth) with my love for wine. In this series I’m going to take you to numerous wineries around the world and show you what they really look like. It’s up to you to find out what their wines taste like!

This is Domaine Weinbach, one of the most prominent estates in the Alsace region of France. In this shot you can see only a sliver of the acreage they have under viticulture; explore in Google Earth (the coordinates are 48° 8’12.45″ N, 7°16’22.30″ E) and you can see endless terraced hillsides of wine grapes stretching as far as the eye can see all around the towns of Kientzheim and Kayserberg. Domaine Weinbach was founded as a winery by Capuchin monks in 1612, but the Capuchins were there long before that. The stone wall you see in this shot is part of the old walls of the monastery, built on lands granted to the Capuchin order in 890. It’s not entirely clear to me how long wine has been made here, but it’s safe to say it’s been many, many centuries.

Domaine Weinbach makes various types of wines, including a Riesling, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Noir and Muscat. This winery came to my attention when Michelle Williams of the RockinRed Blog, a staunch ally and frequent commenter on this site, chose it as part of the flight celebrating her wedding anniversary. I looked them up (here’s Domaine Weinbach’s website), dialed them up on Google Earth and here they are in all their medieval, Riesling-soaked glory.

I haven’t had a chance to taste Domaine Weinbach’s wines yet, but they’re definitely on my list. Here in Oregon we don’t drink nearly as much French wine as we probably should, but what can I say, we’re partial to our own pinot noirs!