Cultivation of Vitis vinifera takes place in French Appellations d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC), a government mandated regulation of the
terrior, in Alsace. The region, however, has also been known as Elsass and some of the viticultural traditions have a German heritage. The
main wines of the region are
Pinot Blanc and
Pinot Gris - all whites. Unlike much of France varietals are rarely blended with
eachother in this region which pioneered varietal labeling. Chaptalization is also legal in Alsace and used to achieve higher alcohol levels
than would otherwise be possible.